Comedy legends call for action to help theatre

Cannon and Ball at Lowther Pavilion after their show on Sunday
Cannon and Ball at Lowther Pavilion after their show on Sunday

Comedy legends Cannon and Ball made a plea for the audience to continue to support their local theatre, as their appearance in aid of the Friends of Lowther Pavilion raised around £5,000.

Friends officials were delighted at the success of the event, as more than 360 people packed into the Lytham theatre for the eagerly-awaited performance.

Bobby Ball, who lives in St Annes, and his long-time comedy partner Tommy offered to perform at Lowther when they officially opened the new-look bar at the venue, earlier this year.

The Friends raised some £25,000 towards the cost of that project, and are continuing to generate funds for future projects, such as a new roof and reupholstering the seats.

“Lowther Pavilion is a wonderful theatre, and I am happy to do anything I can to help,” said Bobby.

He and Tommy travelled up from Kent, where they were performing the previous evening, to fulfil their Lowther date, before setting off back south to continue their current tour.

They implored the Lowther audience: “As we go around the country, we can’t believe how many theatres are closing or on the brink of closure. It is important that venues like this are supported.”

Janet Radcliffe, chairman of the Friends of Lowther, said: “We are so grateful to Bobby and Tommy. It was a wonderful evening.”