Mark Menzies MP backs Lowther Pavilion fundraising bid

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MARK Menzies MP said he was delighted with the vision for the future of Lowther Pavilion during the launch of a fundraising drive to raise money for the theatre’s refurbishment.

The pavilion was initially built in 1921 and remodelled and extended in 1982. However, theatregoers in Lytham believe now is the time for a revamp and have unveiled ambitious plans to bring the building into the 21st Century.

The Member of Parliament for Fylde attended the launch of the charity’s fundraising bid on Friday and spoke to local dignitaries and supporters about how they can help.

Following the event, Mr Menzies said: “The designs put forward for the new Lowther Pavilion are stunning and would make the building a real asset to Lytham.

“I am proud to have such a thriving community arts facility in Fylde and have been extremely impressed by the new plans and the enthusiasm of those involved.

“The campaigners have come up with some innovative ways of raising money through the Band of Names and sponsoring a seat and are hoping local individuals or community groups will make Lowther their chosen charity when looking for worthy causes to raise money for.

“I’ll be doing what I can to encourage people to raise money and hope we will soon be able to move forward with the refurbishment which will see a modern theatre complex and café in the heart of Lowther Gardens.”

The Band of Names will see the names of fundraisers inscribed into glass internal walls within the theatre complex alongside those of entertainers and important figures and will be offered to the first 500 groups or individuals to raise £1,000 for the project.

Fundraising chiefs are also offering the opportunity to sponsor one of the theatre’s 450 seats for £200 and encouraging people to donate through the normal channels or by adding a donation to the price of their show ticket.

For more information contact the theatre on (01253) 794221.

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