Hub reopens with a song

Just Regional
Feb 24, 2023 2 mins read

Songs signalled the reopening of Sheringham Little Theatre’s Hub café after a month-long closure for a facelift.

The new-look Hub held its “premiere” with an opening ceremony that mixed music, mingling, poetry and performance.

BBC Look East presenter and reporter Jenny Kirk cut the ceremonial ribbon, praising the project and encouraging people to support the venue’s investment in its future.

She said it was the first time she had been back in town since the street party in 2019 to mark the end of works to repair a high street sinkhole, when she was also impressed by the town’s community spirit.

The project was made possible only by major grants, and theatre director Debbie Thompson thanked the main funders of the revamp – the Norfolk County Council social infrastructure fund and building landlord North Norfolk District Council.

She also praised local interior designer Robert Moore, who gave his time to steer the theme of the revamp, which has a classic art deco style with a showbiz vibe.

Visitors heard a special poem, The Show Must Go On, read by its creator, town councillor Peter Pegnall, along with songs from the theatre’s youth chorus and community musicians Tina Blaber and George Crawley.

Prior to the reopening, the theatre’s annual general meeting looked to a rosier future after some troubled times.

Debbie said 2022 had been “horrible” with café takings and ticket sales down, along with redundancies resulting from covid-19. But she felt 2023 would be a happier, more positive year – helped by the Hub project, which was sparked by a water leak but resulted in a fresh new look aimed at attracting new audiences and events.

The project, and covid losses, were covered by one-off grants, and a website rebuild was thanks to a generous donation, so she countered any misconceptions the theatre was “rolling in funds”.

The Hub is now open from 10am until 3pm Monday to Saturday.

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