Lead thieves hit theatre

THIEVES have stripped lead from the roof of the town’s theatre.

Members of Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Damatic Society first realised there was a problem at the Hippodrome, Halifax Road, on Thursday, June 9, and spent last week putting the damage right, this time using a lead substitute.

It has cost around £1,500 to make repairs.

Ironically, they were rehearsing Dad’s Army, which is being staged this week, and tapped into wartime get-through-it spirit.

Steve Clarkson, of Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, which owns and runs the theatre, said: “We became aware of the problem when we got some water in and realised the lead had been stripped off.

“We started repairs because it was coming in near the entrance hall and wardrobe store.”

The theatre has been able to claim on its insurance but has cost them an excess of £250 and, says Steve, undone good fundraising work from earlier in the year.

“It’s incredibly frustrating because there are things we want to do, such as remodel the foyer, and this has had to be taken out of money raised for that,” he said.

More work would be tackled at the theatre’s jobs day in September and in the meantime, says Steve, with the replacement substitute, “there’s no more lead” for thieves to steal.