Preston’s university is making contingency plans for its summer graduation ceremonies.Advertisement
It comes after the closure of the Guild Hall and Charter Theatre as a venue.
Blog Preston broke the news that the local multi-millionaire has decided to mothball the entertainment venue as he continues negotiations with management company VMS Live to take it on.
The University of Central Lancashire uses the Guild Hall for its graduation ceremonies, in July and December.
But it now faces a frantic scramble to find an alternative venue if the Guild Hall doesn’t reopen in time.
Around 4,500 students are due to graduate in the ceremonies which begin from Monday 15 July.
Mr Rigby had told Blog Preston he hoped shows and bookings which are after beyond the next two weeks to still go ahead.
But UCLan confirmed they are making alternative arrangements.
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A spokesman told Blog Preston: “In light of yesterday’s announcement, we have contacted the Guildhall management team in relation to our forthcoming graduation ceremonies in July.
“While at this point in time the Guildhall cannot confirm the availability of the venue, its team is hoping to provide us with more positive news next week.
“In the meantime the University will look at contingency arrangements to ensure our summer graduation ceremonies take place as planned.”
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