TWO leading festival organisations have pledged their support towards a major project to re-develop the St George’s Guildhall in King’s Lynn.

It comes in the wake of a £500,000 funding application to refurbish the interior of the historic building, which was submitted to the Arts Council England yesterday.

It was confirmed this week that Festival Too, which holds free music events in the town every summer, has donated £1,000 towards the £3.7m proposed project.

“Our committee voted unanimously to support the Guildhall project and while we are 100 per cent sponsorship led, the committee wanted to back up the support with a contribution of £1,000 to show their commitment to the project,” said YLP director Alan Taylor, chairman of Festival Too.

The pledge follows a £10,000 donation from Alive Leisure, which runs the nearby Corn Exchange, alongside £230,000 from West Norfolk Council.

Norfolk Museums Service and King’s Lynn Festival has also voiced support for the planned revamp.

Alison Croose, chairwoman of King’s Lynn Festival said the Guildhall is a much-loved venue. “It is at the heart of King’s Lynn Festival and we would be delighted to see its facilities updated,” she added.

West Norfolk  Council cabinet member for culture, leisure and health, Elizabeth Nockolds, said the support demonstrates a commitment to finding a sustainable future for the St George’s Guildhall complex.