A Thetford venue has been brought into the 21st century with new seating, lighting and sound system.

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The seating, audio equipment, projector and screen and stage lighting - plus a glitter ball - have been officially unveiled at the Carnegie Room.

It is hoped the £60,877 project will improve the experience for audiences and will help attract a wider range of users to the Cage Lane venue.

Funding for the scheme came from not-for-profit business Wren, which gave a grant of £42,702 under the Landfill Communities Fund Scheme of FCC Environment, plus £4,675 from Breckland Council and £13,500 from Thetford Town Council.

Town manager Susan Glossop said: “It really is an added benefit for the use of the community and is all about giving the people of Thetford an experience when they use the Carnegie Room.”

Stuart Wright, chairman of the Thetford Society, added: “It shows we’ve got the Carnegie up to a standard that’s required for its performances, not just for theatre but for multi-functional purposes.

“The audience experience will be enhanced and with our geographical position at the centre of East Anglia and ample free parking, we should be able to attract more users.”

Funding for the scheme came from not-for-profit business Wren, which gave a grant of £42,702, plus £4,675 from Breckland Council and £13,500 from Thetford Town Council.

The town council-owned Carnegie Room has a stage area, dressing rooms, main hall, full kitchen facilities and bar.

It is used for a variety of events including stage shows, parties and dances. It is hoped with the new seating, screen and projector, it will also be used for business conferences.

Thetford Players recently held their pantomime, Aladdin, at the Carnegie with the use of the new sound and lighting system and will be hosting their next show, Musical Mania, in April.

Bob Waple, chairman of the amateur dramatics group, said: “The new lighting and sound system were so much better, they made a huge difference.

“We always struggled before and there would be blackspots on the stage or deadspots in terms of the sound but now, it’s 100 per cent better and makes the whole thing seem much more professional.”

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