£25k funding for historic hall revival project


A historic hall in Boston is set to get a share of a £25,000 revival fund, it has been confirmed today (Friday).

The Blenkin Memorial Hall, in Wormgate, is one of 77 projects nationally who are set to recieve a share of the Government’s £3 million Coastal Revival funding.

An announcement by the Department for Communities and Local Government, said 12 projects in the East of England and East Midlands have been awarded more than £450,000 – they range from theatres to piers and lidos to lighthouses.

According to a report by the department the Blenkin Hall Revival Project ‘will consider options for the future of a Grade 2 listed building in the context of the church and the town of Boston’.

Communities inister Brandon Lewis said the Coastal Revival funding will help secure these key seaside attractions ‘for generations to come’.

Mr Lewis said: “From Berwick to St Ives, our coastal communities boast some iconic attractions, with millions visiting them each year.

“But some of our best-loved buildings are falling into a state of disrepair - the £3million Coastal Revival Fund aims to restore them to their former glory.

“This funding will now kick-start the restoration work for these 77 projects across the country, so they can continue to be enjoyed by local people and tourists alike for generations to come.”

The funding is part of the part of the Government’s drive to ‘reviving seaside towns, so they can diversify their economy, attract investment and secure their long-term future’.

More than £120 million has been invested in coastal towns since 2012, and the fund is set to be extended until 2017/18 with more than 90 million available.