BLACKPOOL Music Academy has issued a massive thank you to the community as renovation work on its new home reaches its final stages.
The charity music school, which moved to new premises on Waterloo Road in South Shore last year, faced a huge task when it first took over the building.
It is the first time the school has had its own premises, but much work was needed to get the centre ready to receive students.
John Shaw, founder of the charity estimates work to renovate the centre would have cost £50,000, but local companies who gave up their services for free have helped to the tune of around £30,000.
He said: “Words can’t explain how eternally grateful we are to everybody who has helped the academy get off the ground.
“Without their help, I just don’t know how we would have managed and I’m thrilled to say the academy will now welcome its first students from April.”
Every aspect of the centre has received a helping hand from the community.
Wolstenholme Signs supplied signage for the centre and sofa store CSL donated the use of its car park.
Legal fees, architecture fees and advice on sound and acoustics, were all funded or part funded by local firms.
Roofing material, bricks, heating, flooring, carpets, paint, tiling, sanitary equipment, a staircase and labour were also given free by generous local firms.
Mr Shaw added: “The generosity we have seen has simply been incredible.
“It is a real credit to the people in Blackpool.
“We were lucky enough to get an extra £30,000 in grant funding to help cover the rest of the building to get it looking ship shape.
“ This is a new and exciting project for the community giving affordable music tuition to all.
“We are now asking for volunteers to run our reception, coffee shop, charity shop and do general cleaning, there is a possibility of future employment later in the year.”
Anyone wishing to be involved with the academy can contact (01253) 807978 or go to www.blackpoolmusicacademy.com.