Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre is set to secure £250,000 funding to replace its leaking roof.

The West Norfolk Council-owned building has been inspected and in a bid to avoid more costly structural repairs, cabinet members have decided to replace the roof next spring.

Stuart Dark, leader of the borough council, said: “I am really pleased that, following my recent meeting with Brian and the great team running the Princess Theatre raising their concerns, we were able to move quickly to help them and provide the significant funds needed.

“The pandemic has been really hard for the performing arts and I am glad that we have been able to support their plans for a brighter future and improve a much-loved venue that is a year-round centrepiece of Hunstanton life for residents and visitors alike.” 

Brian Hallard, who runs the seaside town theatre said: “We raised our concerns about the state of the theatre’s roof and the adverse impact it was having on our patrons and incoming shows, as their safety and comfort has always been our main priority.

“On behalf of the Princess Theatre, I would like to thank Stuart Dark and his cabinet for acting swiftly to remedy this situation by authorising the replacement of the roof. 

“This investment will improve the theatre’s environmental sustainability, enhance our customers’ experience and allow us to provide high quality entertainment for the future.”

Carol Bower, member for Hunstanton Ward, said: “I am delighted that the borough council is investing in our much loved theatre. It provides a huge variety of year round entertainment for our residents and visitors and greatly benefits Hunstanton’s economy.”