Local Conservatives have welcomed the news that, through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF), the Oldham Coliseum Theatre has been awarded a grant totalling £243,000.
In announcing this latest tranche of CRF funding, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden MP said that this unprecedented intervention - the biggest ever investment into the arts in record time - was made to “protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back.”
Cllr Luke Lancaster, whose grandparents have long been season ticket holders at the Oldham Coliseum, said: “Some of my fondest memories as a child were experienced watching productions at the Coliseum with my family. Hopefully this funding will go a long way to securing the long-term future of the theatre, which is undoubtedly held very dearly by our local community and by those who travel from further afield to visit the Coliseum.”
Cllr Max Woodvine further commented: “Oldham Coliseum is an important asset for our Borough and it has been offered a lifeline by our Conservative government. We all have cherished memories of theatrical experiences at the Coliseum - including my most recent of seeing national treasure Sir Ken Dodd before his death. I, myself, performed on the stage alongside schoolmates as a child.”
The Oldham Coliseum is also fundraising, if you would like to donate please follow the link - www.crowdfunder.co.uk/get-behind-us #SaveOurTheatres #GetBehindUs