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Terry Waite speaks at reception for Gainsborough's House expansion project

PUBLISHED: 16:30 02 October 2018

John McMillan (President of the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce),  Terry Waite CBE and Mark Beals (Director of Gainsborough House) Local businesses gathered to hear about ambitious plans to develop Gainsborough's House as a tourist attraction

John McMillan (President of the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce), Terry Waite CBE and Mark Beals (Director of Gainsborough House) Local businesses gathered to hear about ambitious plans to develop Gainsborough's House as a tourist attraction

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A fundraising reception in support of a project that will transfrom Gainsborough's House into a national centre for the artist is being hailed as a big success by organisers.

The event in aid of the Gainsborough’s House capital development project, titled Reviving an Artist’s Birthplace: A National Centre for Gainsborough, was attended by local businesses and individuals.

It was organised by Sudbury Chamber of Commerce and humanitarian Terry Waite CBE was guest of honour.

His speech in support of the development of Gainsborough’s House recalled his love of the arts, and in particular the importance of sustaining support for the arts and culture in the UK.

Director of Gainsborough’s House Mark Bills oversaw proceedings and conducted a walk-through of the development plans with attendees.

He said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Terry and the Chamber of Commerce and share with them our vision for the future. We are enormously grateful for their support.”

Art Students from Thomas Gainsborough School and Ormiston Sudbury Academy also attended and got a glimpse of the development plans.

The packed house of attendees enjoyed refreshments served by Lavenham Brook, Weeks Foods and Waitrose of Sudbury.

John McMillan, President of the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce said: “I hope this reception event has played its part in increasing the engagement of the business community with Gainsborough’s House. The expansion will be a huge benefit to Sudbury.”

Gainsborough’s House has raised the match-funding it needs to gain Heritage Lottery Fund approval to begin the three-year expansion project. However further fundraising is needed to secure the future of the project. Tickets for the reception went towards fundraising efforts and included a year’s Friends of Gainsborough’s House membership.

More information on business events and networking in the Sudbury and District area can be found here. Details about the development of Gainsborough’s House are available here.

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