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Your Theatre Needs You – People Power

It was “people power” and the support of the local community that saved The Grand, and to celebrate this, the theatre wants to co-ordinate a march of 125 people through the streets of Blackpool to coincide with National Heritage Open Day, on the 15th September.

Andrew Howard, Marketing Manager at the Grand said: “This year’s National Heritage Open Day is themed on people power and that fits perfectly with The Grand and our own celebration of both our 125th birthday and how the theatre was saved by the local community.”

Like many theatres in the 60s and 70s, The Grand was closed, and it was only through the hard work of a bunch of volunteers, who raised money to buy the building, that The Grand was brought back to life, officially re-opening in 1981 with a performance of The Merchant of Venice.

People Power

As part of this year’s National Heritage Open Day, the theatre will also be showcasing this incredible work and the thousands of volunteers and supporters who helped support the building over its 125 years.

Andrew added: “As with our ‘Extraordinary Women’ themed event last year, this is an opportunity to tell the stories of people who have changed and shaped The Grand Theatre.  We want to hear about the creation of The Friends, special friendships forged connected to The Grand, and ultimately how the Frank Matcham building was saved.

“We want to talk about and to the people who have been instrumental in the past but moving the theatre forward and helping support it day after day so that we can say the first 125 years were just the beginning.”

The march itself will take place at 11.30am on the 15th September.  After which the theatre will open its doors at 12 noon for National Heritage Open Day.

If you have a great story to share about The Grand or would be interested in taking part in the “125 People Power march, please contact 01253 290 190 or click here to register attendance.