Homebase brightens up the Pavilion

Paul Nicholas students Becki Cousins and Phoebe Cork-Liversedge on Heritage Open Day with one of the new planters donated by Homebase.
Paul Nicholas students Becki Cousins and Phoebe Cork-Liversedge on Heritage Open Day with one of the new planters donated by Homebase.

Fresh greenery and floral plants have provided a touch of colour at Whitby Pavilion complex thanks to a generous donation from Homebase.

In response to a request from Friends of Whitby Pavilion, the DIY, home and garden company, whose Whitby store is located on the Stainsacre Lane industrial estate, has provided two large planters, a pair of small willow trees and assorted flowering plants.

These were supplied in time to brighten the approaches to the theatre and café during the recent successful Heritage Open Day, when members of the public were invited along for guided tours.

There was a good turnout for the event, with visitors enjoying the opportunity to explore areas of the Victorian theatre building not normally open to the public and to learn something of the building’s history.

Added interest was provided along the tour route by students of the Paul Nicholas School of Acting (PNSA) who gave a promenade performance around the theatre.

Aged from six to 16 years, the youngsters, who meet at Whitby Pavilion every Saturday, recounted some of the interesting events of the theatre’s glamorous past in a series of scenes, which were researched, written and devised by PNSA Principal, Katrina Stead.

A spokesman for Friends of Whitby Pavilion, a support group which aims to help improve and enhance facilities for users of the complex, told the Whitby Gazette: “We are extremely grateful to Homebase for their generous donation.

“The trees and planters have been much admired and it was an added bonus to have them in place for Heritage Open Day when so many people were visiting the Pavilion Theatre.

“Congratulations go too to the Paul Nicholas Acting School for their part in the success of Heritage Open Day – their efforts were much appreciated.”