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Arts Centre phone lines could be repaired by end of the day

Haverhill Town Clerk, Colin Poole, highlights damage caused to Haverhill Arts Centre in a lightning strike. ANL-140722-142244001

Haverhill Town Clerk, Colin Poole, highlights damage caused to Haverhill Arts Centre in a lightning strike. ANL-140722-142244001

Phone lines at Haverhill Arts Centre, which were damaged in a lightning strike on Sunday (July 20) evening could be up and running by the end of the day (July 22).

BT are working to restore the centre’s telephone connections, which will allow them to resume taking telephone and online bookings.

“Bugsy went well last night,” said Town Clerk, Colin Poole. “We had a full house.

“Temporary house lights were rigged up by our technicians and our staff were doing 15 minute walks around the building making sure there were no fires or problems with the equipment.

“They’ll keep doing that until our fire system is up and running in a couple of days.”

Work on the Arts Centre’s damaged chimney is due to start on Thursday, July 24. It is hoped the telephone lines will be operational by the end of Tuesday, July 22.

Future events at the centre, including blood donations on Wednesday, July 23, will take place as normal.

The centre was hit at about 7.30pm on Sunday, July 20. Power was knocked off and visible damage was caused to the building, with bricks being blown off into the carpark.

No one was hurt, though a chimney at the rear of the centre was damaged.

The lightning struck at the very beginning of a live broadcast of Monty Python’s Last night of the Pythons.

Nick Keeble, Arts and Leisure Manager at the Haverhill Arts Centre, said: “Things are a bit fluid at the moment. Becuse it was a live performance, we had been hoping to record the performance and repeat it on Friday, obviously this complicates things.

“But we are actively seeking out a performance that was recorded that we can repeat.

“We’re also rescheduling Sunday’s screening for another day. People with tickets for last Sunday’s performance will be able to redeem them there.

“Otherwise, we will be giving them a refund.

“We’ve got two sold out performances coming up at the centre. We have pulled out all the stops.”

 

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