Volunteers help revamp South Yorkshire theatre

Volunteers removing the theatre's seats
Volunteers removing the theatre's seats
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When volunteers were asked to take a seat at their favourite South Yorkshire theatre, they certainly did as they were told.

Around 30 members of the Friends of The Lamproom Theatre descended on the Barnsley venue on a Sunday morning and completely transformed it.

They managed to remove all 187 tired and worn-out seats in just under three hours, as part of a major refurbishment project.

On Monday morning the seats were taken away to be re-upholstered in time for the start of the new season in September – and will come back looking very different.

The theatre is seeking to raise over £23,000 to complete the project and is hoping to attract the funding through a sponsorship scheme.

Each seat can be named for an individual, a loved one or by a business for £50 a time, with an engraved plaque fitted permanently.

The town’s MP, Dan Jarvis, kick-started the campaign by sponsoring the first seat. He said: “It is important that we help raise the funds for the Lamproom to ensure it continues as a vibrant local theatre for the coming years.”

A theatre spokesman said it was important to thank everyone who helped to remove the seats, stack them up and load the van.