The incendiary-hulled St Lukes will be spared the inevitable April showers for ten days this spring, as the church erects a new see-through canopy. Result? We can dance the night away under the stars, and still keep our hair-dos intact. Praise the lord (and the north Liverpool marquee company).
“This will really allow us to show everyone just what an amazing space we’ve got here,” The Bombed Out Church’s Ambrose Reynolds is talking about the next chapter in our most turbulent church’s history. He’s quite excited. So are we.
“It’s quite unusual, in this country, to have an outdoor venue that’s a viable concern. Well, you know what the weather can be like…”
For ten days next month, St Luke’s will be, for the first time since the Second World War, covered once more. But, instead of soaring arches and flying buttresses, the iconic structure will install a uniquely transparent marquee within its walls.
“You’ll still be able to see the stars and the moon. It’ll still feel like you’re outside, in a special place. But you’ll be dry, whatever the weather,” Reynolds says.
Currently scheduling a series of events to take place within the marquee, Reynolds hopes the all-weather option will give a much-needed longevity – and flexibility – to this most cherished top-of-town venues.
“This will be an opportunity to experience the church like never before. It’s only going to be up for ten days, but we’re committed to make maximum use out of it,” he says, adding there’ll be a market, potentially a Freeze club night, and a launch party to thank the funders. Without whom, etc.
“We’re doing this as a loss-leader, and we’ll be holding a consultation, where people can ask questions, put forward ideas, get involved,” he adds.
Crucially, unlike the much-discussed Signature Living plans to turn the place into a wedding hotel, the church will remain ours. “We all still work on a voluntary basis, we do this because there’s a real lack of open, inclusive spaces in this city, and it’s important we keep hold of what we have,” Reynolds says.
“Sometimes something really good can come from something really bad. It was only when the Signature Living plans were made public that someone told us about crowd funding. From then on, we’ve never looked back. BID have been really supportive. One thing has lead to another. We’re not sure what happens next. But our intentions remain the same as they’ve always done. To keep this church open and accessible for everyone who loves it.”
Come rain, or shine. Let’s all show our support, and raise the roof.
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