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Ideas needed to keep theatre open

PUBLISHED: 11:27 03 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:18 05 July 2010

Television personality Helen McDermott has thrown down the gauntlet for people to meet her and discuss ways of ensuring the future of a community theatre in Lowestoft.

Television personality Helen McDermott has thrown down the gauntlet for people to meet her and discuss ways of ensuring the future of a community theatre in Lowestoft.

She is keen to speak to people who want to use the Seagull Theatre in a bid to stage events at the complex in Morton Road, Pakefield.

As chairman of the advisory group, which has been set up to help run the building and keep it functioning, she has been given the role of trying to get feedback from community groups and organisations keen to get involved in using the theatre's facilities.

Ms McDermott is hoping those interested will come along and talk to her at the theatre on Friday, between 10.30am and 4pm.

She said: “I'm really keen for people to come along and talk to me about how they feel that they could use and add ideas for the Seagull.

“Do they have something to give to the theatre as we are anxious to keep it open as it's a wonderful resource for the area and the town?”

The theatre was closed by Suffolk County Council in the summer of 2006 but with the help of a huge community effort, backed up by a £300,000 interest free loan from an anonymous benefactor, the building was purchased.

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