History series returns to aid town theatre’s resurgence

READY: Some of this season's forthcoming speakers.
READY: Some of this season's forthcoming speakers.

A group which has contributed more than £50,000 towards helping Sudbury’s Quay Theatre remain open has announced a fresh series of events.

Sudbury History evenings have been running at the theatre in Quay Lane for 14 years.

The talks, which involve local historians giving insight into the town’s past, were started by Lord Phillips of Sudbury.

In recent years, the events have provided invaluable income for the venue, which has been fighting financial difficulties. A new series of talks is set to begin next Sunday.

“This year, we wanted to do something different and have brought in some fresh blood,” said co-ordinator Valerie Herbert.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to learn a lot about the town which people won’t find in any history book.”

The talks, which are followed by a question and answer session with the audience, start with Robin Drury discussing the untold stories of Sudbury Mill.

On the same night, Roger Green, chairman of The Friends of St Peter’s, will trace the history of the Green Man – a pagan symbol – in Sudbury.

“We have already had strong bookings and we have such an array of interesting and contrasting subjects that we are expecting full houses,” said Mrs Herbert.

The fortnightly talks will also include the day an earthquake caused damage in Sudbury, plus the history of cinemas in the town.

“The series is so worthwhile and there is nowhere else you would want to stage talks for 120 people in Sudbury,” said Mrs Herbert. “The Quay has such a good atmosphere and it is the ideal venue.”