MORE than £30,000 has been awarded to the Marine Theatre to restore the Lyme Regis venue.

The theatre was one of the 23 recipients in the latest Costal Revival Fund and was given £32,000 to go towards repairs and renovations.

Gabby Rabbits, director at the Marine Theatre, said: “We are delighted with Jake Berry’s announcement.

“Over the last year, we have seen increased confidence from organisations following our efforts to place the Marine back at the heart of the community.

“The money will be used for much needed repairs and renovations to the building, which will improve the experience of the venue for performers, tourists and all of the local community.”

The Costal Revival Fund provides grants to coastal heritage sites to fund repairs, restoration and bring economic growth to coastal communities.

It also supports large scale projects which are important to local communities but have not yet reached their full economic potential or are facing neglect.

Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: “Putting heritage at the heart of our coastal towns is an important way of attracting visitors and boosting our local economies.

“We are determined to save these historic landmarks for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations while delivering on our promise to invest over a quarter of a billion pounds into the Great British Coast by 2020.”