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Campaigners for a theatre in Guisborough to march through town in protest
CAMPAIGNERS fighting for a theatre are set to march through the town to show their anger towards council bosses.
The march, which will be led by the rousing music of the Teesside Pipe Band, is due to set off from the town’s Market Cross from 9.30am on Saturday, October 19.
Theatre group founder Tony Galuidi said: “We welcome the support of anybody who feels that Redcar and Cleveland Council is not listening to the views of the people it is supposed to represent.
“Unless we send out a strong message, they will continue to do so. The march is not only a chance for local residents to express their feelings but it is also an opportunity for people to come together and show that communities matter.”
The marchers will congregate in Westgate Park where a free, open air concert will take place.
The acts are being kept a closely guarded secret by the organisers but will feature a rock band, a comedian, a folk duo, a pop group and an international opera star who will lead the crowd in a stirring rendition of ‘You’ll never walk alone’.
The row erupted in July when the council decided to sell the former register officer to a pub chain instead of the community theatre group.
Earthbeat had been hoping to seek a community asset transfer, a scheme to allow groups to take over surplus public buildings.
The council looked at four bids, including Earthbeat's, which was not a cash bid for the building.
More than 100 protesters turned up for the council’s cabinet meeting with 30 campaigners allowed into the chamber to air their views.
Council leader George Dunning said the authority had considered the application's merits, but he added: "There were concerns over the sustainability of the proposal and we are resolute that we made the right decision to sell the building.
"However, we acknowledge the support for a community theatre and continue to work to identify an alternative building to the council-owned one Earthbeat currently shares in Saltburn."
The group is planning to take the council to court and are in the process of launching a judicial review.
They believe that the council have treated their bid unfairly and have not properly considered the community benefits of their proposal.
To read more about the campaign to bring a theatre to Guisborough visit the website. www.atheatreforguisborough.co.uk
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