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Seagull to benefit from new scheme?

PUBLISHED: 12:13 14 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:07 05 July 2010

WAVENEY MP Bob Blizzard has today welcomed the launch of the government's £45 million scheme to regenerate seaside resorts, saying it could provide much-needed funding for Lowestoft's Seagull Theatre.

WAVENEY MP Bob Blizzard has today welcomed the launch of the government's £45 million scheme to regenerate seaside resorts, saying it could provide much-needed funding for Lowestoft's Seagull Theatre.

The 'Sea Change' programme, originally announced in November, will run for three years from 2008 to 2011, giving £15 million each year to seaside resorts. The programme aims to kick start wider economic regeneration in coastal areas through specific investment in culture and heritage, such as improving historic public spaces and enhancing galleries, concert hall and theatres.

Bob Blizzard said: “The Seagull Theatre is exactly the kind of thing that this funding is aimed at. More funding would enable a wider range of cultural and artistic activity to be put on at the Seagull, providing valuable entertainment for local people and attracting more visitors to our town, to boost the local economy.

“I very much hope that the Seagull Theatre will access funds, having been rescued from Suffolk County Council's axe. While we should celebrate our fundraising achievements so far through the Save Our Seagull campaign, we mustn't let up in our determination to see the Theatre thrive for years to come.

“I look forward to working with the SOS campaigners to put in a bid for funding via Waveney District Council.”

Hazel Johnson from Enterprise Lowestoft, who are helping to save the theatre said: “This could be a tremendous opportunity for the Seagull to receive significant help, to ensure that it continues to be brought back to life as a valuable venue for performing arts and heritage events.”

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