Sefton Council have responded after a Facebook campaign to save Southport Theatre gained 1,700 members in under 36 hours.

Lisa Lea Kelly, a former employee of the theatre, started the campaign on Sunday morning to an overwhelming response.

Asked about the group and the current situation regarding the STCC, a Sefton Council spokesperson told OTS: “The operation of Southport Theatre and Convention Centre is still in the hands of the insolvency practitioner.

“However, STCC is central to the town’s offer and remains an important part of our plans for the town.  We are continually reviewing plans for the reopening, and for the long-term future of this important venue and project.

“This has also been identified by the Southport Town Deal board as a key opportunity, and will form part of the conversation that the board will lead through the Town Deal Consultation process in the coming weeks.”

Speaking to OTS, Lisa Lea Kelly of the SAVE SOUTHPORT THEATRE (STCC) group said: “We’ve had a fantastic response, with 1,700 people joining the group within 2 days, which speaks volumes about how much the theatre is needed in the town.

“The campaign is just about getting the theatre reopened. We’re theatre people, we’re willing and passionate and we’ll continue to fight for it.

“We have plenty of former staff in the group. We know the building, we’ve helped run the business and we hope we can speak to the Council and have input into its future”.