PENDLE’S Edwardian treasure, the Muni Theatre in Colne, has received a grant to help with its reopening in September.

Abiding by the roadmap for easing restrictions in England, and if everything goes according to plan with the Government’s four step rules, the town centre entertainment venue will reopen with a full autumn and winter programme at the beginning of September.

The grant from The Theatres Trust Reopening Fund will help with costs of Covid-secure reopening, including changes to the layout of the building to reduce congestion, social distancing measures and other protocols such as installing hand sanitisers and screens.

Alison Goode, chief executive of Pendle Leisure Trust, which manages the theatre, as well as tthe West Craven Sports Centre, Barnoldswick, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen from the countless number of theatres throughout the country to receive some financial backing.

“It will enable us to hopefully reopen in the autumn and provide the people of Pendle and beyond with what they have so obviously missed – great, live entertainment.”

The Muni is one of 75 theatres in the UK to have been given financial support.