Popular city community centre celebrates its 30th birthday

Gregson Centre founders and supporters mark the 30th anniversay with Richard Dow and Graeme Kirk
Gregson Centre founders and supporters mark the 30th anniversay with Richard Dow and Graeme Kirk
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The Gregson Arts and Community Centre in Lancaster will celebrate its 30th anniversary this weekend.

The Gregson Memorial Institute was built in 1894 in memory of MP and local benefactor Samuel Gregson, with funds raised by Christ Church 
Vicarage.

Owners Christ Church Parish then sold the building in 1983 to the Freehold Community Association Charity (FCA) to run as a community centre.

The modern-day Gregson hosts a variety of community functions, serving the Freehold, Golgotha, Moorland, Primrose and Ridge areas of Lancaster, from public performances and meetings to private clubs and events. This weekend it will host celebrate with a Clocksback weekend festival of folk.

Tomorrow night, Friday, at 8pm, the Roving Crows bring their foot-stomping live performance to the venue, tickets are £9/£7.

Then on Saturday at 8pm there will be a family ceilidh with Lancaster band Northern Frisk and caller Deb Kermode.

The band features ex-members of Free Reed Band and the Ran Tan Band. Tickets are £5.

On Sunday between 1pm and4pm there will be a free children’s ceilidh dance (accompanied children only), followed by an informal concert with songs and tunes from Quercus, Jonathan Hirst, Ben Farmer, Damon Kilcawley, Celia Briar and Cathy Hornby and Ross Campbell. From 8pm, tickets are £5.