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Westacre Theatre boss hails 'lifeline' coronavirus support

Officials of a West Norfolk arts complex have described their allocation of emergency coronavirus funding as a 'lifeline' and an endorsement of its past work and future plans.

The Westacre Theatre has been given £156,000 in the latest round of grants from the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund initiative.

And bosses say the cash will help them plan an events programme to relaunch the theatre, which should have celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.

Westacre Theatre stock pic. (42743556)
Westacre Theatre stock pic. (42743556)

Matt Grist, chairman of the theatre's management board, said: "This is fantastic news and a huge credit to all the work Westacre has done historically and a wonderful endorsement of our future plans.

"Needless to say it is also a massive boost to our efforts to survive these turbulent times and carve a sustainable and exciting future."

Several events which were planned to mark the theatre's anniversary had to be cancelled at the peak of the pandemic.

Summertime by the Lake at Westacre Theatre. (41805878)
Summertime by the Lake at Westacre Theatre. (41805878)

Although some outdoor events did take place over the summer, officials say they don't expect theatres to be able to operate as normal, without social distancing measures, until next spring.

Westacre is one of several West Norfolk venues to have received grants, along with the Corn Exchange and Trues Yard museum in Lynn plus the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton

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