Colin Sanderson Theatre Bar

A much loved and respected solicitor affectionately known as ‘Mr Burnley Light Opera’

As chairman of the Burnley Light Opera Society Colin was immensely proud to lead such a popular and respected organisation.

In addition to his love and passion for the theatre Colin was a lifelong supporter and former director of Burnley Football Club, secretary and chairman of Burnley Lawn Tennis Club, chairman of the Round Table, president of Towneley Hall Society and vice chairman of the Burnley Silver Jubilee Committee.

Colin was particularly pleased with his role in the creation of the Hospital Radio service in the 1950s where as part of a group he successfully created a community radio service to receive outside broadcasts including musicals from the Empire Theatre and football commentary from Turf Moor, which was relayed from the theatre and Turf Moor to the hospital. His association with hospital radio lasted 25 years, such was Colin’s dedication.

A long term member of the Brierfield and Reedley Rotary Club, Colin held the office of President twice helping to raise funds for so many national and local causes.  His character has been summarised as generous, honest and gregarious, he was a man who got things done, and was respected in everything he did.

From 1986 he furthered his involvement with the Arts in Burnley as chairman of Burnley and District Arts Council.   He was a member of the local authority sub group charged with the reopening of Burnley Mechanics and continued to remain a central figure at the theatre for almost thirty years.

To mark his many achievements Burnley Leisure Trust are extremely honoured and proud to rename the Mechanics bar ‘The Colin Sanderson Theatre Bar’ as a tribute and thank you to such a dedicated supporter of the venue and local culture.

We give thanks to the memory of Colin for all the many ways he contributed and supported the refurbishment, launch and continued success of Burnley Mechanics.

 Colin Sanderson

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To celebrate 30 years of being a ventriloquist, Steve Hewlett Ventriloquist returns to the Mechanics with his own hilarious new show.
A ventriloquist since the age of 12 Steve Hewlett has performed all over the world, entertained MP's, Royalty and Celebrities.
Saturday 22nd July, 7:30pm
Tickets £14 / £13 concessions / £10 children
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You've all gone Christmas crazy! We've now only got availability left for one of our party nights, Saturday 2nd with Soul Revolution.
To book or enquire call the box office, 01282 664400
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Burnley Schools Gotta Sing 2017
School choirs, from across Burnley, will each perform a number of songs and also be joined by talented local singers. Solists also include Sam Hollyman and Ryan Wakelam from BBC and ITV's The Voice.
Monday 19th June, 7pm
Tickets £11
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** Please note our Saturday box office opening hours have changed **
Our opening hours are now;
Box Office ~ Mon - Fri 11am - 4pm, Sat 11:30am - 2:30pm & 1 hour prior to all shows
Bistro ~ Mon - Fri 11am - 3pm, Sat 11:30am - 2:30pm & 2 hours prior to most shows
To book tickets or to reserve a table call 01282 664400
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