Grand Pavilion supporters make final bid for lottery cash

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The Grand Pavilion is looking set for a £3.5 million face-lift as confident supporters make their final bid for lottery cash.

This morning (Thursday), volunteers are driving to Nottingham on a 1910 open-top bus – built the same year as the Pavilion itself – to present their final bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Former Blue Peter presenter and local personality Simon Groom will deliver the presentation, alongside wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering. Both are patrons of the charity.

Pavilion Chairman Gregor Macgregor said: “We have now reached the culmination of three-and-a-half years of frantic activity.

“We are making a professional bid for a really credible plan and presenting it with some verve. We hope the Heritage Lottery Fund will agree that this is the plan to back. They will make their decision in December.”

If the group do receive funding, the Matlock Bath building will be transformed into a grand 400-seater theatre and live music venue.

Money would also help pay for the refurbishment of the main hall and provide two lifts, new toilets, new heating and electrical systems, stage fittings and lighting and improve pedestrian access at the front of the building.

The projected finish date is July 2017.