Trust’s stage pledge

Tim Lince, head of the trustees, welcomes new manager Isabelle Leclerq to the Lowther Pavilion earlier this year.
Tim Lince, head of the trustees, welcomes new manager Isabelle Leclerq to the Lowther Pavilion earlier this year.
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LOWTHER Pavilion is fully committed to encouraging amateur groups as the Lytham theatre shapes up for an exciting new future.

That’s the pledge from under-fire Lowther trustees currently running the venue in conjunction with long-time owners Fylde Council but hoping to take over sole charge in the New Year.

The trust has come in for a barrage of criticism lately from a number of drama groups concerned about their future at the venue, which has long hosted amateur productions.

St Annes Parish Operatic Society and the Nogal Players are among groups which have expressed dissatisfaction at no longer been able to stage a pantomime at the Lowther in the run-up to Christmas because a professional panto is on at the venue.

Companies also feel they could be priced out by a new charging structure for hire of the venue which is set to come into effect in the New Year, with Nogal claiming they could end up paying up to 40 per cent more.

But Lowther Trust chairman Tim Lince has stressed he and his fellow trustees are keen to continue to welcome as many amateur groups as possible to the venue – and hopefully attract even more.

See this week’s Express for the full story.