A £10,000 pledge has been made towards a major project to re-develop the  St George’s Guildhall in King’s Lynn. 

 Alive Leisure, which runs the nearby Corn Exchange and many of the borough’s recreational facilities, has underpinned its commitment to the proposed multi-million pound scheme by pledging support.

Funding bids have been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England for the £3.7m project to breathe new life into the historic building, which is part of  Lynn Arts Centre complex.

West Norfolk councillors will not know the outcome of the bids for a few more months, but borough council deputy leader Elizabeth Nockolds, said the commitment from members of the Alive Leisure board would help the council’s case for funding.

Mrs Nockolds said the Guildhall was a key heritage building which formed a part of the town’s arts provision.

She said the project would offer ongoing opportunities for groups, local people, schools and artists. Peter Lemon, chairman of Alive Leisure, said: “The Guildhall will be programmed by Alive Leisure if the bids are secured and this will offer some exciting opportunities to explore  partnerships with a range of of local and national organisations. “We are keen to see the St George’s Guildhall back in full use and operating sustainably,” he said.

A raft of proposals have been put forward for the complex. which include new stage equipment, sound rig and lighting, a glass structure to link the separate buildings, improved access, the conversion of the White Barn into housing, plus a new bar in the Red Barn.

The complex at King Street has been largely empty since the trust responsible for running the gallery areas left last year.

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