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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Fresh blood vital to iconic Ulverston venue’s future

THE Coronation Hall may be celebrating its centenary next year, but local volunteers are already making plans for the next hundred years.

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UNDER THREAT Ulverston’s Coronation Hall

THE Coronation Hall in Ulverston may be celebrating its centenary next year, but local volunteers are already making plans for the next hundred years.

Supporters gathered in the main hall of the Coro on Thursday night for the official launch of the Friends of the Coronation Hall.

The group aims to support the iconic venue by promoting its events and generating funds through subscriptions and grant applications.

The meeting was led by the 15-member committee which includes representatives of the hall’s regular users such as Ulverston Outsiders, Furness Tradition and the South Cumbria Music Festival.

Town councillor and committee member Colin Pickthall said encouraging young people to sign up would be the key to securing the Coro’s longevity.

He said: “It would be desperately important that we had a substantial number of young people involved. The future of this place is going to go on long after everyone in this room.

“We need young people to help us with their enthusiasm and energy. That is why we have a young person’s membership which is pretty cheap.”

Ulverston Town Council is currently in negotiations with SLDC which could eventually see ownership of the Coronation Hall, Indoor Market and the town’s car parks pass to a charity or trust.

Mr Pickthall stressed that the friends had no interest in running the Coro but would support whichever group does take over.

The SIB Group, which is carrying out a feasibility report on the devolving of assets from SLDC, has said the friend’s group would play a vital role in ensuring the Coro remained viable if it were removed from district council control.

The friends aim to attract 400 members which will secure them an annual income of £5,000.

Mayor Judith Pickthall was the first to officially join among 30 members who signed up on the night.

Membership is £12 a year for adults and £20 for families. Under-18s can join for £5.

Benefits will include a quarterly newsletter, discounts and booking preference on selected shows and invites to selected preview and events.

Application forms are available from the Coronation Hall and the Town Hall and completed forms can be left at the box office.

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