Stroud Sub Rooms unveils fresh look
By Rob Freeman | 1st September 2020
One of Stroud's major venues opened its doors over the bank holiday weekend to reveal its new look.
And Stroud Sub Rooms is looking to welcome people back on a more permanent basis when it announces its full reopening programme next week.
The historic venue opened its doors for the first time in almost six months to provide a glimpse into the work which has been carried out on the building.
Volunteer director Hugh Phillimore said: "The team has been working so hard to give the building some much-needed love over the last six months and it was so wonderful for us to be able to welcome everyone into the building.
"The response was incredible - we know that the community needs The Subs more than ever, and we are committed to providing a beacon of light, and joy during these difficult times."
Entertainment was provided throughout the weekend from Joseph May of Passion 4 Laughter and graffiti artist Zed in the Clouds gave an old broken piano from box office a colourful face lift which can be admired - and played - on the forecourt.
Additional activities also took place in Bank Gardens where families enjoyed storytelling, tai chi and met with organisers of events such as Stroud Book Festival.
"What's been extraordinary for us has been the support that we have received during lockdown," said Mr Phillimore.
"It's been a difficult time for the team, as well as the broader music and arts community, and we've been touched by the messages of support and kind donations that we have received.
"The team would particularly like to thank Adam and Hara from Cotswold Printing, who provided all of our masks, screens and floor stickers free of charge."
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