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Beccles Public Hall Receives Major Lifeline

A Beccles entertainment venue is celebrating this week after they received news that they had been awarded £80,104 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Beccles Public Hall & Theatre is one of a further 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country to receive a share of the funding to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.
John Cushing, Venue Director said: “We re-opened in September for cinema and have now held our first live events, socially distanced and covid-safe. These have been very popular but our capacity has been much reduced.”
The grant will allow the community run venue to expand their programme of events and pay all of the artists and creatives involved, providing an essential lifeline and insulating the venue from the otherwise inevitable loss of income.
Prior to the funding news, the theatre on Smallgate in Beccles had already started planning a socially distanced family Christmas production ‘Inside the Snowglobe’, which was announced earlier this month after the town’s annual pantomime had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
Ryan Holt, who is producing the show, said: “It’s great that the Government has not forgotten the smaller community gems such as Beccles, as the venue is a key player in bringing income into the town’s local economy.
“I am excited to be part of the team, taking the venue forward through this challenging time with producing covid-safe entertainment and events”.
Shaun Crowley, Chief Executive of BLL which owns the theatre and also owns Beccles Lido added: “The Theatre and the Lido are at the heart of our community. Throughout this pandemic we have been committed to serving the community and providing the services that we know are vital for our users’ health and wellbeing. We all need safe places to go, to interact and to be entertained. This grant means that the community can now look forward to some really exciting shows over the winter and through into Spring 2021”
• For further information on the programme of covid-safe entertainment at Beccles Public Hall & Theatre and to book tickets, please visit www.becclespublichall.co.uk or call the Hall’s Box Office 01502 770060.