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Free events mark arts venue’s quarter century

Published on: Monday 27th April 2015
Categorised under: Play , Barrow, Culture, Lifestyle

BARROW’S longest-running arts venue marks its 25th anniversary year with a day of free activities this month.

On Sunday May 31, The Forum opens its doors to people of all ages with a variety of events to mark the milestone occasion.

The former Civic Hall site was saved from demolition and reopened as Forum 28 in April 1990, and in the intervening years has brought a galaxy of stars to Barrow, from Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley to World Cup-winning footballer Jack Charlton. Even Basil Brush has made an appearance. Recent years have seen the cream of British comedy pack the place out, with the likes of Bill Bailey, Lee Evans and Alan Carr performing to sell-out crowds.

The venue has become a big part of the community, with many of its original customers still visiting regularly today.

Next month’s event is filled with activities that are designed to bring people of all ages closer together.

Brooke Parsons, an apprentice at The Forum, said: “In October last year we hosted Silver Sunday, which was a huge success and gave the older generation a chance to try new things and meet new people. The 25th anniversary will be a day full of fun for all, allowing the mix of generations to all have a ball.”

While the full list of activities is yet to be finalised, events include: a performance of Barnum by members of CAST Theatre Company, a concert from Barrow Shipyard Junior Band, North West Film Archive presenting two films of local interest; Junior Ensemble Panto Auditions from Strictly Pantomimes; a chance to meet the cast of this winter’s pantomime; bingo, a quiz, children’s workshops, a sing-along, and beauty treatments by Furness College students.

The producers of this year’s pantomime will also be on the hunt for local talent.

The anniversary open day runs from 11am to 3pm and all activities are free.

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