Theatre prepares to mark centenary

BOSSES at Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion are today appealing for help to celebrate the venue's centenary anniversary.

By JAMES MARSTON

james.marston@eveningstar.co.uk>

BOSSES at Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion are today appealing for help to celebrate the venue's centenary anniversary.

The theatre reaches the milestone birthday on June 25 and will be marking the event with a series of events including a gala reception, theatre tours and sing-a-long Sunday lunch.


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The weekend will climax in a show on June 27 performed by a number of amateur theatre groups and dance schools which use the venue.

Theatre manager Julie Howes said: “We have a great weekend planned and are really looking forward to celebrating 100 years of the Spa.

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“We start on Thursday, June 25 with a gala reception. On June 26 we'll be having an open day where people will get the chance to tour behind the scenes at the theatre as well as look at displays on the history of the Spa organised in conjunction with Felixstowe Museum.

“We are also appealing for former staff members to come forward who would like to be involved with the celebrations.”

What was then called The Floral Hall was opened by Lord Claude Hamilton, the chairman of The Great Eastern Railway Company, on June 25, 1909. It cost �7,000 to build and had seating for about 700 people.

Julie added: “It is a wonderful theatre and it is great to see it is still going strong. A hundred years is definitely worth celebrating.”

If you were a former staff member and would like to find out more about the celebrations or to buy tickets for the 100 anniversary show contact 01394 282126.

What are your memories of the Spa Pavilion? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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