Stars back theatre’s funding bid

Bucks Fizz appeared at the Royal Hippodrome recently
Bucks Fizz appeared at the Royal Hippodrome recently

Celebrities including Bucks Fizz star Cheryl Baker are backing an Eastbourne theatre’s bid for a £25,000 grant handout.

Former Eastenders star Larry Lamb, veteran entertainer Honor Blackman and musicians Blake are also supporting the Royal Hippodrome Theatre appeal to secure the grant from the Aviva Community Awards.

Cheryl Baker, who together with bandmates recently performed at the theatre, rewteeted on Twitter the theatre’s plea for help and has contacted the theatre saying she supports what the Community Interest Company that runs it is trying to do for the venue and also said it’s important that assets such as this are preserved.

Blake, the patrons of the theatre, has also retweeted the campaign and said they love performing at the theatre and that it needs public support.

Former Avengers star Honour Blackman made the Royal Hippodrome her last ever stage venue last year.

If successful in the bid the CIC will use the money to prepare the paperwork for a £1.2 million Heritage Lottery Bid which will see a restored facade, a lift, an education centre/studio and heritage attraction.

In order to reach the final the theatre has to attract public votes. Members of the public have 10 votes to use and they can use them all on the same project.

The Seaside Road theatre now has more than 3,700 votes in its category but volunteers say it needs more.

The public are urged to go online, register and vote at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/2255/

Voting closes tomorrow (Saturday, May 30).

A spokesperson at the 130-year-old theatre said, “This is a big but crucial project for the local and tourist community of Devonshire West ward and without it the project could stall before it can get started.

“If successful, funds obtained will be used to carry out all work needed for that crucial application and be ready for stage 2.”

Other projects from Eastbourne include CommunityWise and Eastbourne Swimming Club.

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