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Elkie Brooks lends support to Minehead theatre
A project to revitalise Minehead's Regal Theatre has the backing of one famous local resident.
Singer Elkie Brooks has lent her support to a campaign to give a Minehead theatre a facelift.
The Regal Theatre's 'Lift-Off' project aims to refurbish it to a 21st Century cultural mecca.
Around £250,000 has been earmarked to build a new box office at street level and to install a lift to improve access. Planning permission has been granted.
It is hoped that this will evolve into a cultural centre for Minehead, incorporating the old hospital site and Blenheim Gardens as well as the Regal Theatre. The outcome of this bid is due to be announced within the next few months.
"I'm just so glad that they're going to refurbish the Regal," said Ms Brooks who lives locally.
"I did my first show here this year in January and it was marvelous. It was really, really successful; the audience was wonderful."
Ms Brooks also talked about the importance of keeping the Regal going to allow the local talent to shine.
In the last year to March 31 2009, the theatre was open for 124 performances which attracted an audience 22,893 and involved just under 4,000 volunteer sessions.
Minehead Amateur Theatrical Association's chair Lewis Lintern said: "The Regal Theatre is run totally by volunteers, who diligently sell tickets each day, run the bar, build sets, operate and rig sound and lighting for in-house and visiting companies, look after the needs of our audiences through Front of House staff and generally run and maintain the building without any revenue funding."
The association has so far raised half of the required money and is appealing to local individuals, businesses and charities to help make up the remaining £125k.
last updated: 20/05/2009 at 18:18