Eastgate Development – The Race is On!

The first phase of an ambitious plan to develop the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles is tantalisingly close, providing another £70,000 can be raised in the next two months.  The race is on because a major grant, offered last week, will only be paid if sufficient match funding can be found by the deadline of Thursday 30 August.

The European LEADER grant is £150,000 and so far, through a combination of other grants, donations and fundraising events, a further £130,000 has already been secured. With an overall target of £350,000. that leaves a shortfall of just £70,000.

The first phase of the Eastgate’s BUILDING ON SUCCESS strategy will focus on the auditorium space – where all the seating will be replaced or repositioned, in order to enhance comfort, increase space, and improve sightlines from the balconies.  New hand grabs on the aisle seats and extra lighting at balcony level will ensure safety, while better heating and ventilation systems will improve temperature control at all times of the year.

General Manager Caroline Adam said “Though we recognise that £70,000 is a lot of money to raise in a very short time, we are hugely encouraged by the interest, encouragement and support that our ambitious plans have already generated.  We know that many people are particularly keen to see the auditorium transformed, and – now that we’re so close to our target – we hope that everyone who loves the Eastgate will help us to achieve this crucial goal by the end of August.”

There are many ways you can contribute to the redevelopment of the theatre, one of them is to donate through this Just Giving page…

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