Press Article

February 2020



Lottery Delight!

There was a big celebration in Denton on Tuesday 25th February as Tameside Arts held a community event to celebrate lots of exciting news. The organisation has received six-figure funding from the National Lottery ‘Reaching Communities’ fund to improve their new home, the CREATE Centre on Market Street, and develop arts and events across Tameside and Manchester. Coronation Street actress Sue Devaney and musician Phil Reynolds were the special guests, with both performing and hosting workshops throughout the day.

“This event was fabulous!” said Sam Cooke, Project Manager at Tameside Arts. To welcome Sue Devaney and Phil Reynolds, and enjoy their entertainment, was a pleasure. To watch Sue sing her own rendition of Victoria Wood’s ‘The Balled of Barry and Freda (Let’s Do It)’ was the highlight. “Thanks to Councillors Brenda Warrington and Denise Ward for opening the event and to Laurel and Hardy – Sailors Beware Tent 262 Hyde for making us laugh! Ultimately, the event announced that we have been successful in receiving three-year funding of 179,822 for a Centre Manager and Promotional Co-ordinator, as well as installing a lighting rig and stage curtains in our adaptable theatre and dance space.”

Sam added: “We welcome anyone to call in, phone or e-mail us to share ideas of how the centre can be used. We really want it to be used by the community! This includes both mainstream and specialist activities and events. 2019 was a fantastic year for Tameside Arts as we found and moved into our base. 2020 will be even better as we work towards each room being used daily, evenings and weekends – encouraging and supporting everyone to take part in, and enjoy, the arts.”

You can contact Tameside Arts on 0161 368 3422 or