Events to help arts

Bridge Arts Reopening - Alison Drake sits afront some of the attendees at the re-opening of Bridge Arts.
Bridge Arts Reopening - Alison Drake sits afront some of the attendees at the re-opening of Bridge Arts.
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A BUSY diary of events is scheduled at Castleford’s cash-strapped Bridge Arts gallery to keep people coming through the doors of the newly-refurbished building.

The Sagar Street gallery had an open day last weekend to celebrate the completion of renovations funded by a Coalfields Regeneration Trust grant.

Gallery bosses have made a plea for support from the community to help keep the building open, and have organised a packed schedule of future events, all of which are free of charge, for residents to get involved with – beginning with the open day last Saturday.

Alison Drake, chairman of Castleford Heritage Trust, said: “Saturday was superb. We are so grateful for the way the community supported us on that day. The hard work that went into getting Bridge Arts ready has all paid off.

“Peter McNestry, chairman of the board of trustees at Coalfields Regeneration Trust, came along to the event and spoke about how proud they were of the work we’ve had done. They are pleased with the way things have gone and more than pleased with the way the refurbishment had gone and so that was a huge success.”

Mandy Williams, who works at the gallery, said: “We have lots of different events planned and we are all absolutely working hard. We are still doing a lot of positive work and these are all free workshops that are open to everyone.”

An exclusive book launch will take place at the gallery on Saturday April 23. The Castleford Rugby League 20 Legends book signing will be attended by author Phil Hodgson and Castleford players past and present including Roger Millward, Alan Hardisty, John Joyner, Graham Steadman, Keith Hepworth, John Sheridan, Ryan McGoldrick, Brett Ferres and Kevin Beardmore.

The event runs from 11am to 2pm. Proceeds from book sales will go towards helping to keep Bridge Arts open.