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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Sing-a-long-a Productions invite you to “Be our Guest” at Singalonga Beauty and the Beast next April!
This is your chance to sing your heart out to the Disney songs of your childhood such as “Be our Guest”, “Belle”, “Gaston” and not forgetting the “Beauty and The Beast”. Sing along with Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson in this romantic fairy tale and see if you can stop those tears at the end.
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Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, the Canadian tour-de-force, Tom Stade, is back with a brand-new show for 2017.
Renowned for his carefree attitude and broad-minded vision, nothing is taboo to this enlightened and captivating comedy legend. Combining off-the-scale charm, razor-sharp wit and a no-holds-barred attitude; Tom pledges to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Kick back and enter the awesome and mischievous world of Tom Stade as he provides an inspiring and incisive antidote to these dark and uncertain times. Simply sublime comedy…I SWEAR.
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Tickets £17.50 / £16 concessions
Pre-theatre dining is available 2 hours prior, booking is essential.
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Next Wednesday join us in Thompson Park for a Family Fun Day and a very 'Special Delivery.'
Bring a picnic and find out about some fantastic projects and events happening at Burnley Mechanics this Autumn and watch a free family show!
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The show lasts 15 minutes, but there will also be some free craft activities and plenty of interesting and exciting things to find out about. Show times are 11.30am, 1.15pm and 2pm.
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Just over 2 weeks until 'The Devil in Disguise' himself, Joe Pasquale comes to Burnley Mechanics.
Be prepared to giggle this September with the news that the unstoppable comedian Joe Pasquale is set to unleash more of his silliness on the British public with a new show - The Devil in Disguise.
We all have a good side, a dark side and a backside... so come and witness Joe Pasquale showing off all three, in a show that defies description.
Sunday 3rd September, 7:30pm
Tickets £18.50 / £16.50 Concessions
Pre-theatre dining is available 2 hours prior, booking is essential.
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