JUST over a year ago Ian Gillan was made an honorary patron of the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, having attended shows there for many years.
The lead singer and lyricist of rock band Deep Purple lives between Portugal and near Lyme Regis. He found fame in the 1970s with hard rock hits such as ‘Smoke On The Water’, ‘Highway Star’, and ‘Child in Time’.
The Marine Theatre, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, has announced that the rock star has now funded its new website, which was recently launched.
Gabby Rabbitts, director of the Marine Theatre, said: “Our old website had run its course and we were finding it difficult to communicate with our audience and the community.
“The new website is responsive, user friendly, and people can become members. We are very grateful to Ian Gillan for funding this important project and we hope that everyone enjoys using the new site.’
Mr Gillan added: “I am delighted to support the Marine Theatre in its anniversary year; it does a fantastic job at bringing in names in to the town, while celebrating local performers.
“This new website is helping to communicate their important work to the community.”