Special ceremony to mark beginning of Lowestoft Players anniversary celebrations

The Bethel, home of Lowestoft Players

The Bethel, home of Lowestoft Players - Credit: Archant

Celebrations marking 50 years of the Lowestoft Players are set to get under way with a ceremony at the Bethel.

A plaque will be unveiled commemorating the generosity of Albert and Hilda Catchpole, who permitted

A plaque will be unveiled commemorating the generosity of Albert and Hilda Catchpole, who permitted the Players to use their store as a rehearsal space for 32 years. Picture: Courtesy of Bob Dickson - Credit: Archant

On Saturday, September 23 at 11.30am, two new pieces of specially-carved stonework will be unveiled at the theatre.

A plaque will commemorate the generosity of Albert and Hilda Catchpole, who permitted the Players to use their net store on Stradbroke Road, Pakefield as their headquarters and rehearsal space for 32 years, entirely free of charge.

It is in large measure because of this that the Players were able to purchase the old fisherman's bethel on Battery Green back in 2009, which provided them with a bigger home and a properly functioning theatre.

A new stone capital will maintain the original fabric of the building. Picture: Courtesy of Bob Dick

A new stone capital will maintain the original fabric of the building. Picture: Courtesy of Bob Dickson - Credit: Archant

In addition, a new stone capital to the right of the south door will also be presented.


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The stonework uses the same materials as the original 19th century stonemason, William Whitehead, meaning the Players have proudly completed the necessary restoration and added a memorial of their own.

The capital to the right of the theatre's south door has weathered badly over the years. Picture: Co

The capital to the right of the theatre's south door has weathered badly over the years. Picture: Courtesy of Bob Dickson - Credit: Archant

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