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Playhouse in bid to ‘raise the roof’

Appeal launch: Preston Playhouse campaigners Dennis Yardley, Ann Fitzpatrick, Alex Tagg, Roy Fitzpatrick, John Calvert and Patrick Bracewell

Appeal launch: Preston Playhouse campaigners Dennis Yardley, Ann Fitzpatrick, Alex Tagg, Roy Fitzpatrick, John Calvert and Patrick Bracewell

A campaign has been launched to raise much needed funds to repair the roof of Preston Playhouse.

Major improvements, estimated to cost £50,000, need to be carried out on the roof of the theatre in Market Street West.

The playhouse already has £30,000 in reserves - but needs to raise the extra £20,000.

They have launched a ‘Raising the Roof’ campaign to help get the money together.

Chairman of Preston Playhouse Board of Trustees, Alex Tagg, said: “We have known for a while we would have to do the roof so we have been saving up.

“We can, with the hard work and support in the town raise the £20,000.

“The people that use the place support us very well.”

Alex added: “We provide quite a great service both in the opportunities for people of all ages.

“It is an asset in the town.”

The playhouse was built in 1847 and water is leaking into the building where the roofing meets the walls, causing damage to the fabric.

The old gutters and downspouts are also unable to cope with the rain causing water to overflow back into the building.

And the roof area above the stage needs insulating.

A fund-raising committee has been formed by members of Broughton Players, Grimsargh Players, Preston Drama Club, Preston Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Board of Trustees.

The committee is applying for grants and fund-raising shows are planned to take place.

The four main groups who perform at the theatre are donating the proceeds of their show raffles and refreshment sales to the fund.

And the proceeds of the summer show ‘Once Every Preston Guild’ are being donated to the fund.

On March 2 the Kinds of Comedy will be on and between April 4 and 6 there will be a Raising the Rood variety show.

If the cash is raised the work will be carried out in July and August during the theatre’s closed season.

To make a donation to the appeal contact Alex Tagg on 01772 312447.

For further updates visit: www.prestonplayhouse.com.

 

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