Yobs hit Exmouth youth theatre income
PUBLISHED: 13:28 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010
'MINDLESS' yobs have cost an amateur youth theatre group in Exmouth hundreds of pounds after a banner advertising their latest show was ripped down and stolen. Earlier this month thieves stole the banner, worth £300, placed along the railway line fence ne
'MINDLESS' yobs have cost an amateur youth theatre group in Exmouth hundreds of pounds after a banner advertising their latest show was ripped down and stolen.Earlier this month thieves stole the banner, worth £300, placed along the railway line fence near the train station, advertising their current show at the Pavilion, 42nd Street.Centre Stage is a registered charity and relies on revenue from its shows and donations - and now the theft could impact on the money spent on their next show.Sarah Gates of Centre Stage said she put the banners up on a Saturday - but by the Sunday it had been 'ripped' off.She said: "They just chucked it onto the cycle path, where my husband found it after he called to say it was gone."Gary and I put it back again on the Wednesday and there it stayed (until the following week) when it was ripped down again and taken and thrown away, and nowhere to be seen."She added that the banners cost about £150 to buy and £125 to £150 to sign- write each time."These vandals have cost us about £300 from the next show to get it replaced."That means we need at least 30 extra people on the raised seating to pay for it and being a registered charity, ticket sales are our main income."There is not a lot these vandals can do with it, and it is mindless people like these who give honest hard working youngsters a bad name."To say that myself and our chairman, Mark Worsely, are furious is putting it mildly."Centre Stage is a youth theatre group formed 34 years ago and Mark Worsely said: "We are completely self-funded and this becomes difficult when costs of performing productions alone can cost at least £17,000.