Intrepid walkers to trek 78 miles in aid of theatre

Some of the lead walkers taking part in the trek from London to Bury St Edmunds, left to right, Tony Kelly, Dawn Roberts, Simon Spence, Polly Turner, walk organiser Julia Read and theatre director Karen Simpson with Rooky the theatre dog.

. Some of the lead walkers taking part in the trek from London to Bury St Edmunds, left to right, Tony Kelly, Dawn Roberts, Simon Spence, Polly Turner, walk organiser Julia Read and theatre director Karen Simpson with Rooky the theatre dog. .

Russell Cook russell.cook@archant.co.uk
Friday, February 7, 2014
6:00 PM

The boots are on and training is already in progress for a group of intrepid walkers who are planning to cover 78 miles from London to Bury St Edmunds in a bid to raise funds for the town’s much-loved theatre.

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The Stage to Stage trek, which is taking place from Friday to Sunday, March 28 to 30, begins at the Globe Theatre, in the capital, ending up at the Theatre Royal, in the west Suffolk town.

And supporters and friends of the Bury playhouse are being encouraged to take part in the final two legs of the trek; from Clare to Whepstead (11 miles) or Whepstead to the Theatre Royal (seven miles).

Throughout its 200-year history the theatre has relied on public goodwill and support and its target is to raise an ambitious £10,000 from the challenge - a distance of three marathons.

It has to fundraise at least £190,000 a year to help ensure the doors are open to welcome and entertain some 90,000 visitors and that it remains healthy and robust for the future.

Those who are keen to take part need to commit to raising up to £50 each for either of the last two sections.

The theatre will arrange bus travel from Bury to Clare and Whepstead for Sunday walkers and there will be a celebratory party to welcome them all back home.

The initiative is being sponsored by Bury Physio and anyone keen to support the walkers can obtain a form from the box office or download from www.theatreroyal.org or online at www.justgiving.com/Polly-Turner.

To become one of the final leg walkers call 01284 829942 or email julia@theatreroyal.org.

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