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John Peel Centre, in Stowmarket, launches 'The Event That Never Happened' to aid its survival

Stowmarket's John Peel Centre for creative arts has launched a new fund-raising 'event' to help secure its survival beyond the coronavirus crisis.

The centre has cancelled or postponed large numbers of public and private events as a result of the pandemic, hitting the community interest company's finances.

The venue's closure has affected audiences, artists, community groups and more, with the small staff team and volunteers working behind the scenes to ensure the centre survives in the future.

John Peel centre for Creative Arts. (35827992)
John Peel centre for Creative Arts. (35827992)

The venue says it has been encouraged by the support it has already received, with some ticket-holders choosing to donate their tickets instead of receiving a refund.

Patsy Cane, general manager, said: "We have been humbled by the support and well wishes from our audiences. They have offered their tickets as donations and expressed how much they want us to be here when this is over.

"This gives us the encouragement to strive to survive these difficult times. I look forward to welcoming our artists and audiences back when we open our doors again."

Now, the John Peel Centre has teamed up with WeGotTickets to hosting#TheEventThatNeverHappened – an event that will never happen.

Those who buy tickets to The Event That Never Happened (which will never happen) will be helping the centre to secure a future.

Tickets can be purchased for £5, £10, £20 or £50. For more information, go to www.johnpeelcentre.com/event/the-event-that-never-happened/