Bosses hit back at Marine Hall criticism

The Marine Hall, Fleetwood
The Marine Hall, Fleetwood

Wyre Council has hit back at critics in Fleetwood who slammed the Marine Hall.

The seafront venue was criticised for being too expensive for community groups to hire, and for having less exciting events compared to Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion.

Ian Munro, head of Wyre Council's head of culture, leisure and tourism.

Ian Munro, head of Wyre Council's head of culture, leisure and tourism.

Gripes about the Marine Hall were voiced during a meeting of the Pharos/Mount Community Action Group, which meets every two months and is encouraging resident feedback on local amenities.

However, Wyre says the hall has enjoyed a highly successful past 12 months, both in terms of people hiring the hall and the success of its calendar of shows and events.

Ian Munroe, head of culture, leisure and tourism, said: “We strongly believe our charges represent excellent value for money, particularly when you consider what is included.

“The fees include the use of a 600-seater theatre, extensive sound and light facilities, two stage technicians and two front of house staff.

“Furthermore it is our experience that over the last two years our bookings from people wishing to hire the venue have actually increased.

“In addition, we are delighted to have attracted excellent professional shows to Marine Hall over the last two years, with a line-up including Des O Connor, Dave Spikey, Joan Armatrading, Foster and Allen, The Soldiers, The Searchers, Chris and Pui Children’s Show, Paul Daniels, Toploader, and most recently The Manfred’s, a show that achieved ticket sales of more than 400.”

This year, the venue has shows including the Westenders, Billy Pearce, and ITV’s The Sooty Show, and the Marine Hall will again host an annual pantomime, Fleetwood Beer Festival, the Fylde Folk Festival, the Fylde Coast Food and Drink Festival and the Christmas Market.

Mr Munroe said he was also proud of the council’s record of managing Thornton Little Theatre.

He added: “Thornton Little Theatre is home to many community groups in Wyre, and has a thriving calendar of ongoing events and meetings as well as many performances by local amateur dramatic organisations.

“We are constantly working on putting together a programme to suit our diverse range of visitors, and we welcome feedback on our calendar of events and shows.”

For details of both the theatres, visit www.wyretheatres.co.uk