BOSSES at Weymouth Pavilion are 'delighted' after receiving a ‘lifeline’ grant of more than £500,000 in funding from the Government.

As reported, the seaside venue is among those which have received urgently needed support as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help organisations face the challenges of the pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.

The theatre, which was saved from demolition in 2013, was forced to close due to the pandemic and made 25 members of staff – 70 per cent of its workforce - redundant after suffering losses of more than £500,000 during lockdown.

The venue has received £573,413 which will be used for on-going monthly costs, essential repairs and upkeep to the fabric of the building, continued support for community events and providing coronavirus-safe entertainment. 

Director Phil Say said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant and so happy it will ensure the future of Weymouth Pavilion.

“All of the hard work and dedication of the past seven years will not have been in vain. Granted a new lease of life, Weymouth Pavilion will continue to support the community and offer great entertainment in a safe environment.”

Dorset Echo: A number of shows have been held at Weymouth Pavilion over the yearsA number of shows have been held at Weymouth Pavilion over the years

South Dorset MP Richard Drax said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Pavilion’s bid to the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund has been successful and I am grateful to the Department for selecting a most worthy cause and one that truly deserves this support in difficult times. 

“Hopefully, this will enable Phil Say and his team to continue providing the invaluable service and venue to our community, which sees untold benefits for all ages and activities.

"This funding is a testament to Mr Say’s courageous decision to take on the Pavilion in the first place and I wish them well for the future.”