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Council promises to 'allay any fears' over South Holland Centre

Council bosses have promised to ‘allay any fears’ campaigners have about the future of live theatre in Spalding ahead of a ‘Clap for Live’ event.

Concerned performing arts groups and supporters are gathering outside the South Holland Centre at 2pm this afternoon (Thursday) to make an ‘NHS clap’ style gesture of support in solidarity with workers at the venue.

The district council is looking to reduce the number of roles at the centre - and campaigners worry this places the local arts scene at risk. The council, however, insists this will not be the case.

South Holland Centre, Spalding (49289922)
South Holland Centre, Spalding (49289922)

Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: “We recognise the strength of feeling from local arts groups around the future of the South Holland Centre and we are, of course, more than happy to meet them to allay any fears they may have on the future of the venue.

“As a council, we’ve been consistent and clear in our messages to the public and the users of the venue that we are committed to live events at the South Holland Centre.

“We believe we will be in a position – with help from our casual members of staff and our team of volunteers – to recommence live events safely later in the year, so we would encourage everyone who has an interest in live performance to come and support not only the South Holland Centre but those groups who invest their time and commitment to stage these events for the residents of the district.”

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