THE Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis is one of 23 projects around the British coast to receive a share of almost £1 million from the Coastal Revival Fund.
The theatre was awarded £32,000 today (Wednesday) in the Coastal Revival Fund’s latest grants to help restore local community assets. The money will go towards the ongoing restoration of the Marine Theatre, to maximise income generation, increase audiences and increase community access.
The grant announcement added: “The long term aim is to secure a key cultural and tourist asset for the town.”
The Coastal Revival Fund provides grants to coastal heritage sites to fund repairs, restoration and bring economic growth to coastal communities. It also supports large scale projects which are important to local communities but have not yet reached their full economic potential or are facing neglect.
Coastal Communities Minister Jake Berry MP, said: “I’m proud to support these 23 magnificent projects from Ryde to Runcorn with investment from the government’s Coastal Revival Fund. Putting heritage at the heart of our coastal towns is an important way of attracting visitors and boosting our local economies.
“We’re determined to save these historic landmarks for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations while delivering on our promise to invest over a quarter of a billion pounds into the Great British Coast by 2020.”
Theatre director Gabby Rabbitts commented: “We are delighted with Jake Berry’s announcement today. Over the last year, we’ve seen increased confidence from organisations following our efforts to place the Marine back at the heart of the community.
“The money will be used for much needed repairs and renovations to the building, which will improve the experience of the venue for performers, tourists, and the all of the local community.”
Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, added: “Our seaside towns are rich with unique historic buildings and places, from the grand Lytham Hall to the Victorian public pleasure grounds of Saltburn-by-the-Sea.
“We’re delighted that this further round of funding will help secure the future of these 23 important sites on our Heritage at Risk Register so that they can be used and enjoyed by generations to come.”