Frog and Bucket comedy club is rescued by the Guild Hall

FUN AND GAMES: Comic Phil Ellis at the Frog & Bucket, which is moving to Guild Hall
FUN AND GAMES: Comic Phil Ellis at the Frog & Bucket, which is moving to Guild Hall
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Preston’s comedy club is to be saved after bosses at the Guild Hall agreed to come to its rescue.

The city-centre venue will now become the new home for the Frog and Bucket, which announced its closure at Lords Walk last month.

It is due to launch on Friday, November 7, with a line up of Alex Boardman, Katie Mulgrew, Daliso Chaponda and John Lynn.

Businessman Simon Rigby, whose company now runs the Guild Hall, described the latest development as “fantastic news”.

He said: “I read in the Lancashire Evening Post it was closing and we went to talk to them.

“We are very very keen to see the Guild Hall as a centre for all the community for all sorts of arts and leisure pursuits, and it seemed an ideal opportunity for both parties.”

Richard Simkin, head of operations for the Villa Group’s major venues, said: “We are going to operate it, we are going to pay them and they are going to organise it on our behalf.

“I’m over the moon because it’s got such a loyal following and for people to have to go to Manchester would have been an extra expense.

“It might have been lost forever but now it’s not and we’ve managed to save it.”

More shows at the club’s new venue have been booked for December 5 and January 30. Jessica Toomey of the Frog and Bucket said: “we have found the perfect partner and new home with the Guild Hall for the Frog and Bucket in Preston, and really looking forward to our first show in November. I’m delighted that we will continue to bring laughs to Preston.”