Advice for helping save historic venues

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Community groups interested in saving historic theatres, cinemas and piers will be offered expert advice at a special workshop.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) – which is currently leading a project to restore the Winter Gardens’ Pavilion Theatre – is hosting the event tomorrow in Blackpool.

The education programme aims to give community groups the skills and expertise to save and reuse the local buildings they love as well as build a better future for their communities.

Coun Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for culture and heritage, said: “Bringing workshops and seminars like this to Blackpool is a part of the Council’s commitment to its built heritage.

“As a town that once had around 60,000 theatre seats, we’re incredibly proud of our entertainment history and the unique cultural past, present and future of Blackpool.”

The event will feature presentations on key topics including exploring the full range of potential uses for each building, understanding architectural design issues and increasing funding opportunities.

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the PRT added: “I would urge any community groups from the North West and beyond interested in a heritage regeneration project to attend to learn from experts, network with other similar organisations and be inspired to move their vision forward.”

The event is tomorrow from 10am to 4.30pm at the Renaissance Room in the Winter Gardens.