Arts venues celebrate grants

Three arts venues in North Norfolk are celebrating after receiving a share of the Arts Council England Cultural Recovery Fund grants.

Cromer Pier has £250,000, Sheringham Little Theatre has been awarded £76,644 and Wells Maltings is in receipt of £90,000.

This money will be vital to see the venues through the next few months after takings and income were badly hit by the covid-19 restrictions on live venues.

Sheringham Little Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “This is fantastic news, and the team here are delighted after some worrying weeks.

” The grant helps us recoup past losses – and to be sustainable in the future, operating under the social distancing restrictions which cuts our capacity to 30pc. It means we can carry on with the programming we were planning – including a panto, some exciting new plays showcasing emerging young talent – and a pioneering project by our youngsters looking at rural racism issues.”

The Little Theatre team celebrate the grant which will help see them through the winter.

Rory Holburn, Director at Openwide Coastal, the managers of Cromer Pier, said: “This grant will help by covering some of the losses we have already incurred and will incur from being closed this year. It also assists in ensuring the team we still have on payroll can now remain in place to enable us to re-open next summer without losing any of their knowledge and expertise that help make the show such a renowned success.

“The Pier and Pavilion Theatre are also cornerstones of the local Tourism economy so we are delighted that we will be able to also help provide a much needed boost next spring as all  businesses attempt to recover from the damage the pandemic has done.”

Wells Maltings director Simon Daykin said: “We are thrilled – it’s a true lifeline in these stormy times, and allows us to keep on doing what we can to entertain, delight and support our audiences and community. We know how important entertainment and the arts in all their forms are to public wellbeing, and together with the huge generosity of our community through our recent Road to Recovery campaign, this much needed funding ensures that the show in Wells will go on.”

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