‘A year to remember’ for popular venue

Al Murray.

Al Murray.

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The manager of Pocklington Arts Centre has hailed 2015 as a “year to remember” for the venue.

The arts centre staged 402 events, including theatre, music, comedy, film, live broadcasts, workshops, conferences, community events and exhibitions, with more than 30,000 people in attendance.

The Shires

The Shires

In February, manager Janet Farmer, successfully applied for a £354,000 grant from Arts Council, England to refurbish the Grade II listed building’s first floor and remodel its foyer and box office. The aim of the award, which was the eighth highest nationally, is to secure the venue’s long-term sustainability and improve the overall customer experience.

The arts centre launched Platform Festival at The Old Station in July with more than 2,000 people attending three sold-out days of live music and comedy featuring a world-class line-up of artists including Grammy Award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Bellowhead and the Perrier Award winning comedian Al Murray – The Pub Landlord.

Despite the recent floods and extreme weather, more than 1,350 people watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the final two weeks of the year but this was not the venue’s most popular film of the last twelve months. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel attracted in excess of 1,900 people in February.

Forgotten Voices Community Choir, which the venue launched in 2010 with an Awards For All grant, now has more than 40 members attending weekly workshops with the group staging their first concert of the new year on 24 March.

Past performers included Sarah Millican, Brighouse and Rastrick Band, The Shires, Emmanuel Vass, Patrick Kielty, The Blues Band, Red Ladder Theatre Company, Seth Lakeman, Pam Ayres, Adam Cohen, Andy Fairweather Low, The Staves, Idle Motion Theatre Company plus lots more.

Mrs Farmer added: “A huge thank you to all of the venue’s staff, volunteers and loyal customers who made 2015 a year to remember. 2016 will see some big changes at Pocklington Arts Centre, including the venue’s major refurbishment. I, along with the rest of the team at the arts centre, look forward to showing you all the new facilities in spring.”