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Friday, 24 October 2014

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The big gig aimed at saving Civic Hall

A MAJOR concert has been announced that organisers hope will help save Whitehaven Civic Hall from closure.

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Boxing boof: The Boof’s Boxing Day gig proved a big hit

The Save The Civic all-day music event will take place on Good Friday (March 29) – with local music lovers invited to show their support for the under-threat venue.

“What we need now is a show of support,” says Josh Shepherd, of event promoters The Mighty Boof, “and a push to make it more profitable to give it a fighting chance of staying open.”

Whitehaven Civic Hall is currently “proposed for closure” under Copeland Council’s budget cuts.

The council says it can no longer afford to subsidise the venue and proposes to withdraw all funding to managers North Country Leisure (NCL). This will result in the venue’s closure later this year unless a partner organisation can be found to run it without council subsidy.

The Boof hopes to follow on from the success of its sold-out Boxing Day Bash last month, and bands will perform across three stages.

Josh added: “We have all heard about the Civic possibly closing down; this would leave us with no big music venue in our town, as well as no home for everything else that happens in the Civic.

“We need to keep the momentum going after the success of Boxing Day, and this time it really counts.”

Bands and solo artists interested in performing are asked to email joshshepherd@mightyboofpromotions.com.

Have your say

maybe if civic lowered prices for hiring in the first place ,people may use the venue to put more shows on. they make enough off the bar if place has a decent crowd in.

Posted by susan on 18 January 2013 at 13:24

Crikey Crikey, in part you're right. The Labour Government made bad decisions around financial regulations, allowing the greed and legitimised corporate fraud of banks rife. But the bulk of the blame for the current recession lays firmly with the banks, financial institutions who were then bailed out by you and me.
The appalling policy of fast and harsh cuts from the coalition govt has halted spending by the private sector, who bail every time the going gets tough. The policy of then cutting public sector spending produces a stalemate where growth is stymied. Your simplistic party posturing and point scoring is ineffective and helps no one come up with ideas

Posted by KitN on 17 January 2013 at 17:19

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