WIGTON'S John Peel Theatre is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a unique fundraiser concert on April 19.

'The Magic of Music' will feature an array of tunes by musicians who found each other during the lockdown via the theatre's Virtual Open Mic Nights.

The performer lineup includes John Peel Open Mic stalwarts Ian and Maureen Kellet, Paul Cornwall, Michelle Dodds, Neil McHardy, and Anthony Stevenson.

Instead of offering free tickets to VIP guests as is the norm, the theatre is seeking support by selling two types of tickets - £11 for the concert only and £37 for a gala ticket that includes a buffet and fizz.

The event will also serve as a tribute to William Carrick, a key figure behind the theatre's establishment.

Local historical records and newspaper archives, such as The Wigton Advertiser in 1888, revealed Mr Carrick’s substantial contributions to Wigton as a solicitor and the creation of the former Salvation Army barracks which have now become the theatre. 

A local plaque dedicated to Mr Carrick will be unveiled on the evening. 

Attendees will get a chance to meet the musicians, enjoy a guided tour of the theatre, and discover how a Salvation Army Barracks transformed into the cherished community theatre it is today.

Any donations will contribute  to the theatre's sustainability going ahead. 

Tickets can be purchased via www.ticketsource.co.uk/wigtontheatre/t-gagxlrj