VIDEO: £72k outdoor theatre opens at Chapel St Leonards

A new outdoor theatre space has opened in Chapel St Leonards bringing the arts to an under used site near the Pullover.

Visitors enjoyed a Punch and Judy show from a new kiosk and sat around the ampitheatre enjoying street theatre, face-painting and balloon modelling.

Coun Colin Davie, LCC executive member for Economic Development (left), with Sarah Shearer and son, Noah, enjoying some of the fun. ANL-160530-142339001

Coun Colin Davie, LCC executive member for Economic Development (left), with Sarah Shearer and son, Noah, enjoying some of the fun. ANL-160530-142339001

The county council has been working with contractor Coffey Construction Ltd to create the three-tiered amphitheatre looking out towards the sea.

It is hoped the local community will also use the space for a variety of purposes, including outdoor performances and activities.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for Economic Development, said: “It was around three years ago the county council was first approached to help make plans a reality. Since then what was once an under used piece of land has been dramatically transformed.

“This is just one of a series of investments on the coast, and I’m confident it will help attract new visitors to the area, bringing a welcome boost to the local tourism industry.”

This is just one of a series of investments on the coast, and I’m confident it will help attract new visitors to the area

Coun Colin Davie, LCC executive member for Economic Development

Coun Mel Turton-Leivers, chairman of Chapel St Leonards Parish Council, said: “The parish council is very pleased to see the county council investing in our coast.

“With this and the North Sea Observatory also planned for Chapel St Leonards, this has to be good for the area.”

Sarah Shearer, of Leeds, was one of the onlookers with her one-year-old son, Noah. She said: “We usually visit Chapel one a year. This is lovely and is bound to be good for the resort.”

Funding for the scheme included a £72,700 contribution from WREN, a not-for-profit business which awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund.

Blue Anchor Leisure Ltd kindly donated the boulders and paid for the boat, which is part of the ampitheatre’s furniture.

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