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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Cockermouth council backing for Kirkgate plan

The Kirkgate Centre’s general manager has been told by Cockermouth town councillors that they will do whatever they can to support the centre’s plans for expansion and modernisation.

Kate Parry spoke at this week’s town council meeting about the centre’s drive to raise £2 million.

The centre was delighted to recently be told it was in line for an £850,000 grant from the Arts Council.

This, together with other funds, including £10,000 raised by Friends of the Kirkgate, leaves a further £1.1 million to find.

Kate told councillors: “The Arts Council grant is a massive step for us.

“We hope their support will give other funders confidence in our vision. Now it’s all hands to the pump to raise the next £1.1 million.”

The centre, which has 120 volunteers, hopes to win the support of other national grant providers but is also keen to raise money locally.

Kate said: “We would love to secure money closer to home, to show that Cockermouth and Allerdale are behind us.

“This is something that will have an economic and social impact so any support you can give would be the cherry on top.”

Councillor Alan Kennon said: “You have done absolutely brilliantly.”

Councillor Alan Smith agreed: “The centre is a credit to the community of Cockermouth and every effort we can make as a town council we will be behind it.

“We need these facilities for the people of the town. I support you 100 per cent, as this is all part of the rebirth of the town.”

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