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Auction this Saturday at War Memorial Theatre

25 Jul 2013

Auction this Saturday at War Memorial Theatre

Anyone looking for office furniture, chairs, tables or a memento from Gisborne’s theatre history should head down to the War Memorial Theatre on Saturday 27 July. The War Memorial Fundraising Trust is auctioning off fixings and furnishings from the theatre as well as some surplus equipment from the reorganisation of Council buildings.

Hutch dressers, the iconic red curtains and carpet from the theatre are also up for auction. Community halls in the district may find the theatre ladders and dress mirrors useful.

All are welcome at the auction which starts at 10am at the theatre. All items can be viewed between 9am - 12 noon on Friday and between 8.30am - 10am on Saturday.

The auction is the latest initiative from the Fundraising Trust who have raised over $5m of the required $5.35m to pay for the redevelopment of the theatre in the last 12 months. Ratepayers are contributing over $2m towards the project.

The items being auctioned are no longer of value to the theatre or Council but are likely to be of value to others, says Pat Seymour, councillor and chair of the Fundraising Trust. “Many items are still in very good condition. Auctioning will mean the items can be reused which is the environmentally sound way to clear the theatre.”

“We want to hand over an empty shell over to the contractor so they can get started straight away. There will be some council items – desks and bookshelves - the rest are fittings from the theatre that were removed by staff.”

A report will go to a special Council meeting on 15 August to appoint the construction contract. Construction is likely to start soon after.