Raising a cup to theatre in grand charity gesture

Friends of the Grand coffee morning.  Pictured are Kay Power, Jean Brookhouse and Kath Wild.
Friends of the Grand coffee morning. Pictured are Kay Power, Jean Brookhouse and Kath Wild.
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Friends of the Grand in Blackpool hosted a coffee morning which helped to raise funds for the theatre.

The coffee morning which is held every third Thursday of the month, welcomed speaker Joan Humble, who was MP for Blackpool North and Fleetwood from 1997 to 2010.

Friends of the Grand coffee morning.  Catherine Currie, Shirley Burrows, Mike Lord and Catherine Lord.

Friends of the Grand coffee morning. Catherine Currie, Shirley Burrows, Mike Lord and Catherine Lord.

Joan gave an interesting talk about how the area i s split into political boundaries and people were able to ask questions afterwards.

Around 40 to 50 people attended the coffee morning and enjoyed tea, coffee and cake. Chairman and treasurer of the Friends John Grady said: “Friends of the Grand was set up in 1973 and this year we celebrated our 45th anniversary. We help with the upkeep of the theatre by raising funds from subscriptions and social events to finance projects within the theatre.

“The theatre now owns everything as last year we were able to purchase the shops. We just battle on.”

All money raised through the sale of tickets for the coffee morning goes towards the upkeep of the theatre.

Friends of the Grand coffee morning.  Pictured are Christine Watkins and Marjorie Taylor.

Friends of the Grand coffee morning. Pictured are Christine Watkins and Marjorie Taylor.

Special guest at the coffee morning next month is Zoe from Funny Girls coming as himself. For more information or to book coffee morning tickets visit www. blackpoolgrand.co.uk

Friends of the Grand coffee morning.  Pictured are Ann Royle and Margaret Grady.

Friends of the Grand coffee morning. Pictured are Ann Royle and Margaret Grady.

Friends of the Grand coffee morning.  Pictured are Janet Jackson, Arthur Heap and Elizabeth Heap.

Friends of the Grand coffee morning. Pictured are Janet Jackson, Arthur Heap and Elizabeth Heap.

Friends of the Grand coffee morning.  Pictured are John Grady and Joan Humble.

Friends of the Grand coffee morning. Pictured are John Grady and Joan Humble.

Friends of the Grand coffee morning.  Pictured are Derek Freeman, Derek Foster and Christine Foster.

Friends of the Grand coffee morning. Pictured are Derek Freeman, Derek Foster and Christine Foster.