Lunchtime today saw the official unveiling of the final phase of the Corn Exchange’s theatre refit. The theatre lighting and audio systems along with the new tiered seating have been installed over the past twelve months.
The ribbon cutting honours were carried out by the Mayor, Councillor Liz Duncan, and the Chair of the Corn Exchange Working Party, Councillor Owen Collins.
It was part of a small ceremony attended by fellow councillors and people involved with the project.
The project has taken a number of years to complete, but in the meantime the Corn Exchange has been welcoming performers and audiences throughout the refit, with occasional closures where necessary to permit the completion of some of the work.
In short speeches the Mayor and Chair thanked all involved for their help and acknowledged the grant of £30,000 towards the project generously given by West Oxfordshire District Council, who were officially represented by Councillor Julian Cooper.
They declared their delight at the fulfilment of the project and their appreciation of all the hard work that had brought about the transformation of the building into a hub for arts and performance.
It was a fitting way to mark the 160th anniversary of the building with a demonstration of its fit for the future, modernised audio, and visual systems.
The Corn Exchange is already busy with a packed season of wide appeal events lined up over the forthcoming months. Full details of these can be found at www.cornexchangewitney.org.uk, or on their Facebook Page.
On Saturday 25th February there is a Public Open Day in the Corn Exchange with some great offerings throughout the day, including the opportunity to see the Corn Exchange set up as a wedding venue, drama and music performances and an open mic session at 4pm.
The café and bar will be open all day and all are welcome.