Winter Gardens plea for £30K heating cash

Crowds at the Morecambe Winter Gardens had to wrap up warm to see Lancaster comedian Jon Richardson. Picture by Andy Cruxton.
Crowds at the Morecambe Winter Gardens had to wrap up warm to see Lancaster comedian Jon Richardson. Picture by Andy Cruxton.
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A £30,000 grant from Lancaster City Council could solve the most burning issue for the Morecambe Winter Gardens.

The owners of the seafront theatre have asked the council for funding to pay for a much-needed heating system.

This comes after audiences and performers, including top TV comic Jon Richardson, complained about the cold building.

Evelyn Archer, chairman of the Winter Gardens Preservation Trust, has written to all party leaders on Lancaster City Council to ask for a one-off grant.

Mrs Archer hopes the money can be allocated as part of the council’s 2015/16 budget, to be finalised at a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday).

She said: “The trustees are encouraged by the city council’s continuing support for local culture and heritage with its funding support for both the Lancaster-based Dukes and Grand Theatres. It would be nice if the council could also provide some support for Morecambe.”

The Dukes received £148,000 from the council last year plus an extra £12,000 to aid in its expansion plans. The Grand received a one-off grant of £15,000 last year towards maintenance.

The Winter Gardens Trust has also appealed for help from anyone who can provide professional, technical, and administrative skills, or with architectural, governance, project management, finance and fundraising experience, or anyone who wants to join the theatre’s event production team.

If you are interested you are welcome to attend an open day at the theatre on Monday, March 16 at 6.30pm.