Tuesday, 30 July 2013


On the 23rd of July Erewash MP, Jessica Lee, welcomed Maria Miller, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, to Long Eaton.

During the visit the pair visited the Chatsworth Arts Centre and Duchess Theatre where they were given a guided tour and introduced to the Chairman of the Long Eaton & District Arts Council, Leon Wade, as well as trustees and members of the venue’s management team.

Speaking about the visit, Miss Lee said:

“I was keen to show Maria Miller this excellent example of community success. The Minister was made aware of the history of the fire at the theatre and it was explained to her how a very successful group of volunteers came together to rebuild it.

The theatre is now in constant use by various theatrical groups and I would suggest to anyone who hasn't yet visited, that they will not be left disappointed by any of the productions.

Mrs Miller was very impressed with both the energy and enthusiasm that has gone into rebuilding the theatre and the subsequent work that is being done here.”

Photograph (L-R): Joy Thurman (Trustee), Jessica Lee MP (MP for Erewash), Rt. Hon. Maria Miller MP (SofS for Culture, Media & Sport), Leon Wade (Chairman of the Long Eaton & District Arts Council).