Futurist campaigners claim victory

The Futurist .Remembering .Picture Richard Ponter 140213a
The Futurist .Remembering .Picture Richard Ponter 140213a

Campaigners hoping to save the Futurist Theatre today won a victory in their battle to get the building opened once again.

For the first time in its history a petition was brought before Scarborough Council’s full council meeting after more than 5,000 signatures were collected, triggering its discussion by councillors.

The petition called for the theatre to be retained in order to bring touring shows to the town and provide entertainment for visitors and residents in the borough.

Council leader, cllr Tom Fox, agreed that the wording of the petition would be considered by the Joint Venture Board, which is looking at potential development opportunities at the site.

Cllr Janet Jefferson, who presented the petition on behalf of the 6,638 people who signed it, told the Scarborough News: “it is a victory that it will be looked at and considered.

“That is the most nervous I have ever been speaking before, I have been mayor and spoken at hundreds if engagements but never for so many people who felt so strongly about one issue.

“I am happy for them that it will go before the Joint venture Board.”

The theatre closed in January after its operator pulled out.