Watch 'Clap for Live' held for staff at Spalding's South Holland Centre
A 'Clap for Live' event was held in Spalding this afternoon in support of staff at the South Holland Centre.
Campaigners are worried that proposed cuts to roles at the venue will put live theatre at risk and held a 'Covid NHS clap' inspired gesture in Market Place.
The minute-plus applause was timed to send a message of support to staff and ran just before the centre re-opened for the first time since the pandemic began, with a showing of Godzilla vs Kong kick starting a summer series of films.
Karl Gernert, director at Spalding's Act II Theatre Company, said: "We were really happy with the turnout. The people of Spalding know what's important and they have demonstrated that today."
Campaigners also delivered a letter to Coun Gary Taylor signed by 27 groups and organisations with connections to the centre who share fears for its future.
Coun Taylor reiterated that there are no plans to cut services at the council.
After accepting the letter, he said: "The cinema reopens today and that's important and live performances will take place later this year.
"I will officially respond to the letter and meet the people here to see how we can work better with them in the future.
"People need to speak out in numbers.
"It's been a good atmosphere and peaceful."
Liz Hallissey, who has set up the Keep SHC a-LIVE Support Group, fears the current plan is a model for showing films three nights a week.
Of trying to keep all events running with two thirds of roles cut, she said: "That's not going to work and if they can't see that they have got a problem."
Mr Gernert added: "We don't want this to be another thing in South Holland that people lament when it's gone."