All I want for Christmas is a Millgate seat

IT will not become the Christmas number one but theatre staff are using a familiar festive refrain to help boost their auditorium appeal.

David Plowright from Millgate Arts Centre and Martin Poole, manager of Delph Co-op with cheque

And when audiences book their seats for a show at Delph’s Millgate Arts Centre, they have chance to try out three more for good measure!

An appeal to raise £50,000 to renovate the Centre’s interior and replace its Edwardian chairs with modern, comfortable seating is almost halfway towards its target.

More than 100 of the 160 seats available have been sponsored since the appeal was launched earlier this year.

The total was recently boosted by a cheque for £1,707.14 from Delph Co-op as part of the organisation’s Local Community Fund.

One per cent spent by shoppers on selected own-branded products and services goes to help fund community projects where they live.

Manager Martin Poole presented the money to David Plowright during the first night of Saddleworth Players’ current production, The Pitmen Painters.

Now to swell the coffers even more the Arts Centre has changed the words of a novelty song, written during World War Two, as part of its seasonal promotional push.

So, instead of ‘All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth’ read ‘All I Want for Christmas is a Millgate Seat’.

And if you want to sponsor one of the best seats in the house, complete with personalised nameplate and are sitting comfortably this is how you go about it.

Each seat costs £150 and already there has been tremendous support from local businesses and individuals. Flexible payment options are available.

Alternatively, you can support the appeal through small donations or by attending some special shows that are part of the overall fundraising attempt.

Profits from the December pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, are being donated to the appeal.

A show, ‘Telling the Wrong Man he had Cancer’, performed by doctor turned comedian Dr Kevin Jones, comes to Delph via the Edinburgh Fringe on March 16, 2019. The Royal Bolton Hospital consultant is also donating his fee to the appeal.

Theatre-goers can help choose the final design of the seats as well. There are three sample chairs in the theatre bar and people are encouraged to sit in them all.

Having made a choice simply place a purple counter in one of three voting jars and/or write a comment to support your decision.

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