Stowmarket: Town library and Regal Theatre to work together for mutual benefit

Supporters of Stowmarket Library when they held National Library Day.

Supporters of Stowmarket Library when they held National Library Day. - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk library is looking to learn from a growing theatre which has seen record audience numbers.

The Friends of Stowmarket Library was set up to raise money and build awareness of the facility in the community.

Now the group wants to improve its relationship with the town’s Regal Theatre which suffered a devastating fire in 2009. The town council-run cinema is doing so well, it is having to turn people away who want to see the latest blockbusters.

Library manager Francis Law said they were looking to learn from Daniel Harvey, who has recently moved to the library service after working on the cinema for Stowmarket Town Council.

She said: “Stowmarket Cultural Group is trying to get the library, the Museum of East Anglian Life, the John Peel Centre and the Regal to help and support each other. We have to work together in a small town and make ourselves relevant.”

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The Regal Theatre manager David Marsh said: “We see a thriving library as an important part of the town and we regularly donate tickets to them for prizes.”

The library’s next open meeting will be on Wednesday September, 11, at 6.30pm in the library.

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