7th July 2014
Press release – for immediate use



Derby Hippo marks centenary with actress Gwen Taylor and 100 supporters


PHOTO / FILM CALL – 2.30 pm outside Derby Hippodrome, Green Lane
On Sunday July 20, Derby’s Hippodrome Theatre is 100 years old, representing a significant period in the life of this historic building.
This anniversary will be marked by 100 supporters, one for every year of the Hippo, gathering outside the building at 2.30 pm alongside supporter and President of the Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust, actress Gwen Taylor.
The theatre, the source of entertainment for many years for the people of Derby, has been the centre of a turbulent discussion since it closed as a Bingo Hall in 2007.
But on July 20 the Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust and its President Gwen Taylor will celebrate the existence of the theatre this far, and look to future possibilities for the building which is situated on Green Lane in Derby’s city centre.
Gwen Taylor says “the Derby Hippo has been entertaining people over the last 100 years. I remember well coming to the theatre with my father and being entranced by this lovely old building. I hope that now the Derby Hippodrome has managed to reach its centenary after such a rocky few recent years, the city will now choose to save and restore it for another 100 years to come.”
Chair of the Trust Joan Travis adds: “We are thrilled that 100 of our supporters are coming to Green Lane to help us celebrate the Hippo’s hundred years of entertaining.  As Gwen says, what we can now hope for is the support, both financially and empathetically, to ensure the theatre can entertain the city for another century.”
THERE WILL BE A PHOTO AND FILMING OPPORTUNITY OF 100 THEATRE SUPPORTERS AND ACTRESS GWEN TAYLOR OUTSIDE THE THEATRE AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY 20 JULY, THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF THE DERBY HIPPODROME. PLEASE ARRIVE FOR PHOTOS OR TO FILM BY 2.30.
 
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For more details and interviews please contact Joan Travis, tel 01332 557395, joan.travis@homecall.co.uk

Notes to editors
The Derby Hippodrome is a Grade II listed building.  It was a theatre and a cinema until 1959 after which it became a Bingo Hall.  This operation closed in 2007.  In carrying out an investigation into the roof, the new owner accidentally destroyed the auditorium roof, part of the side wall and the stage house.  His application to the Planning Committee to convert it to a car park was rejected in 2010.  Since then the building has been standing empty.
 
The Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust was formed in 2009 with the mission to see the Derby Hippodrome restored as a theatre and making a major contribution to the cultural life of Derby.  It is a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee.
 
A private company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, no. 7134945.
A Registered Charity, Number 1137707
Registered Office: The White House, 2 New Road, Darley Abbey, Derby DE22 1DR.
For information on the Hippodrome: www.derbyhippodrome.co.uk   Email: action@derbyhippodrome.co.uk