Still time to support stage project at Beccles Public Hall

John Cushing on the newly improved stage at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: James Bass

John Cushing on the newly improved stage at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Dedicated volunteers have completed a project to improve the stage at Beccles Public Hall, and there’s still time to make your mark by sponsoring a square.

Work started last month, with a team of professional builders called in to raise and level the stage and strip and plaster the walls.

And then it was the turn of the volunteers to help with basic woodwork jobs, painting and cleaning, ready for the venue to be reopened last Saturday.

John Cushing, one of the directors, said: “We have replaced the old front of the stage with steel deck so now we’ve got storage space for tables and various other bits and pieces.

“We’ve got four new lighting bars and we’ve been fortunate enough to have an individual donate a considerable amount of money to enable us to put extra lights in.

“We had some very useful people who volunteered to help us with one or two new faces as well.

“We also had a team of cleaners who came in Friday and Saturday to get the place ready, so we were all done by 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon in time for the evening show.”

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As part of the project, the Public Hall team is appealing for individuals, groups and businesses to sponsor a square foot of the stage for £20, or six square feet for £100 to help with the cost of the project. Supporters will have their name included in a poster in the foyer and have the chance to sign their square. Mr Cushing said: “It’s a time capsule idea so that when you rip the floor up in 30 years time to do the stage again, you will be able to see all the names of those who contributed.”

To support the project visit the box office, open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm, or call 01502 770060.