It's certainly lights, camera, action for one very happy theatre after they were granted a generous boost to become more environmentally friendly.

The Carnegie Theatre Trust is delighted to announce that their ageing theatre lights look set to be replaced, thanks to the receiving some much-needed funding from the Robin Rigg Community Trust.

The current house lights in the iconic Workington theatre use old-fashioned and short-lived Tungsten bulbs.

As the lights are currently over 40-years-old, the venue's staff are anxious about its ability to continue to present so many major community productions and national touring shows with the outdated lights.

But their worries can now end, with the huge-and-helpful £12,000 boost from the eco-conscious Robin Rigg fund.

A spokesman for the Carnegie Theatre Trust said: “Replacing the house lighting is absolutely crucial for the operation of the theatre.

"As well as the lamps being out of production, the location of the house lights in the ceiling of the auditorium makes them difficult to maintain, so we also

needed a solution that made maintenance simpler."

They added: "This is a great opportunity to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint.”

The charity has operated the theatre since taking over from Allerdale Borough Council in 2015, and decided to apply to the Robin Rigg Community Fund in the hopes of receiving funding and becoming more environmentally friendly.

And as the fund supports community groups and organisations in the Solway area that contribute to the reduction of the effects of climate change, or strive to benefit the local community in other ways, they were glad to offer the money.

The generous funding will be used to replace the existing lights with modern LED units, to ensure the venue will be more energy efficient with reduced maintenance and operating cost.

The Carnegie trust has estimated that the new fittings will reduce electrical consumption of the auditorium lighting by 50%.

A spokesman added: "We are delighted that we will now be able to tackle this issue, which fundamentally threatened our ability to continue to offer the

community a functioning performance space for local schools, groups and professional performing arts.

"We are very grateful to the Robin Rigg Community Fund for recognising the merit of our application, and the value of the Carnegie to the communities across West Cumbria."