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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Cash support for Kirkgate Centre

A bid to transform Cockermouth’s Kirkgate Centre has been boosted by community support.

IMPRESSION: 3D image of the Kirkgate Centre’s proposed redevelopment

The popular venue launched a “friends of” scheme three months ago to help it raise money towards the £2 million revamp.

The centre wants to partly demolish the west and east gables and add modern two-storey extensions, using glass and zinc.

It would house a cafe, bar, reception, toilets, a kitchen, offices and escape stairs.

The design is contemporary, with glass links between old and new parts of the building. A roof covered with sedum plants is proposed, along with solar panels.

So far, 91 people have signed up to support it.

While it is hoped that the majority of funds will come from grants, about £200,000 has to be raised locally.

People were asked to donate £20 to become a friend.

Katie Barrie, marketing officer, said: “We have been humbled by some of the donations and we have raised just over £6,000 from people signing up to raise funds and making donations.

“We feel passionate about it but it’s heart-warming to see others feel the same.”

Three fund-raising events at the centre, which has 10,000 visitors a year, have raised nearly £3,000.

Fund-raising kicked off with the first public concert by All Saints Community Rock Choir, who offered to donate the proceeds to the Kirkgate.

It was a sell-out success and raised £900.

A quiz night, devised and hosted by local director and actor Toby Gaffney, was also a sell-out and raised £800.

For younger audiences, there was a screening of the hit movie Frozen at half-term.

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