25th July 2003



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Fundraisers for the Broadbent Theatre reached new heights when they hiked up Illgill Head in the Lake District.


Samantha Talbot, a clerical officer from the University of Lincoln, was among a team of six who managed to raise £450 for the theatre near Wickenby.


Samantha (23) was joined by her partner Byron Scott, both from Legsby near Market Rasen, and four other members of the Lindsey Rural Players.


The six hikers took five and a half hours to plod their way, some in fancy dress, up and down the mountain at Wasdale Head, Wast Water.


“Byron came up with the original idea to do the sponsored walk,” said Samantha. “It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I’m not so sure the term ‘walk’ is correct. 


“We had to step carefully through wide streams and there were some rather steep parts.  It was a little scary! But the view was breathtaking.


“When we finished I was gasping for cold water, my legs were aching and my feet were very hot, but it was worth it to raise the money for the theatre. 


“The money’s going towards upgrading the disabled facilities so I feel very happy to have succeeded.”


The Broadbent Theatre on Snarford Road, Wickenby is owned and run by the Lindsey Rural Players, an amateur theatre company and registered charity. 


Built in 1878 as a Methodist chapel, it was converted to a theatre in 1971 and takes its name from Roy Broadbent, father of Oscar-winning Lincolnshire actor Jim Broadbent.


As well as being a world-renowned actor, Jim Broadbent is the honorary president of the Lindsey Rural Players. 


For more information about the Broadbent Theatre and forthcoming shows visit the website at www.broadbent.org


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Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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