It’s Grand to ride for free

Steven Lancaster with school kids getting on free bus outside the Grand.
Steven Lancaster with school kids getting on free bus outside the Grand.
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All aboard... The Grand has teamed up with Ribble Valley Borough Council to provide a free bus service, aimed at bringing rural schools closer to the popular York Street venue.

Primary schools in Waddington, West Bradford, Longridge, Hurst Green and Bolton-by-Bowland will benefit from the free transport, meaning pupils will be able to attend extra educational events, courses and concerts at the Grand.

Grand director Steven Lancaster said: “My girls attend Waddington and West Bradford Primary School, and when I spoke to the Headmistress about children coming to visit The Grand she explained that the cost of transport hire made it very difficult to bring a group of children through to the theatre.

“We want to give as many children as possible in the Ribble Valley the opportunity to use our facilities, have access to the arts and share the special thing we have at The Grand.”

Steven added: “When I put the idea of the bus service to Ribble Valley Borough Council they were really on board with it and we’ve had a fantastic response.”

So far, dozens of children have used the service. Stephen Blackburn, The Grand’s Schools and Project manager, added: “The service is available to any Ribble Valley primary school and we are delighted with how many children have used the service so far.”

In 2008, Clitheroe’s former Grand cinema was transformed into a state-of-the-art music and arts centre in a £3 million refit. Owned by the Lancaster Foundation, its aim is to provide educational and healthcare services to the local community.

For further information contact Stephen Blackburn, The Grand, 01200 421599.

Stephen Lancaster with school kids getting on free bus outside the Grand.