Barnard Castle comedy gala raises plenty of laughs despite venue switch (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Barnard Castle comedy gala raises plenty of laughs despite venue switch
10:59am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
A MARKET town's unfinished arts centre became the butt of a few jokes when a comedy gala night organised to celebrate the new-look complex had to be switched to much humbler surroundings.
The event was organised by Barnard Castle's Funny Way To Be comedy club and was planned to mark the completion a £3.2m renovation project at The Witham.
However, with work still ongoing, organisers decided the show had to go on and the gala was switched to the nearby Parish Hall.
Headliner Mark Watson joked that that the sell-out audience should be congratulated for turning out to celebrate a new building that wasn't quite ready.
Funny Way To Be's Peter Dixon said: “We didn't want to disappoint an audience that have supported our comedy shows over the last two years while we've been at our temporary venue at the St Mary's Parish Hall.”
In addition to Mark Watson, the gala featured Xtra Factor presenter Matt Richardson as MC, Irish sketch trio Foil, Arms and Hogg, former radio 1 DJ Tom Deacon, comedienne Nat Luursema and Eric Lampaert.
Mr Dixon said he was looking forward to returning to The Witham for next month's sell-out Chris Ramsay show.
“Barnard Castle is already on the comedy map and the newly refurbished building will give us an even better opportunity to bring some of the very best acts to the town.”
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