South Holland Centre.

First gigs for South Holland Centre

Spalding’s South Holland Centre is set to re-open with a gig by comedian and actor Omid Djalili on October 1.

A gig scheduled for June 10 with the Joy Ellis Quartet has been moved to October and another with Ruby Turner will now be next year.

But it is hoped the centre, closed for more than a year, could open for live performances sooner than October.

After the Prime Minister’s announcement on the easing of COVID restrictions from next week, the live theatre and music venue could open earlier than October, said a spokesman for South Holland District Council.

The Joy Ellis Quartet had been booked in for June 10, but has now been rescheduled to November 4.

Staff at the Spalding centre are currently contacting ticket-holders to tell them of the options available.

The Ruby Turner concert has been moved from October 1 to the autumn of next year. But Omid Djalili will go ahead as planned on October 1 and an evening with Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams will take place on October 14.

This year’s pantomime is also scheduled to go ahead from December 9 when Dick Whittington, by Polka Dot Panto, raises the curtain.

Comedian Ed Byrne will be at the South Holland Centre on November 5.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday that venues such as cinemas could re-open from May 17.

Pubs and restaurants can also serve food and drinks indoors to seated customers.

Theatres are also able to reopen with social distancing restrictions.

* South Holland residents are set to benefit from an arts project led by Sinfonia Viva.

The orchestra has worked with musicians and writers to create packs of art, writing and activities.

The packs also have a DVD of a concert at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

They will be delivered to 300 people in sheltered housing across the district.

It’s a pilot project helping social isolation.

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