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23rd Jun, 2021

Fund-raiser launched after blaze destroys business units

Rob George 1st Jun, 2021 Updated: 1st Jun, 2021

DEVASTATED local theatre group chiefs have revealed more than 30 years of costumes and kit were destroyed in a blaze at an Evesham business park.

A storage unit owned by the much-loved Phoenix Theatre Group was one of five units at the Murcot Business Park on Sunday (May 30).

Firefighters from across the county attended the blaze which ripped through the units at about 6.20pm, leaving the businesses involved with nothing.

Among those affected at the Phoenix Theatre Group who confirmed three decades of memories had been lost in the fire.

In an emotional post on Facebook, Keith Norledge from the group said: “To say I’m gutted…..is an understatement.

“Losing more 30 years worth of costumes and kit and lots of memories is hard to take.”

Committee members are set to meet to discuss the way ahead for the popular group.

The devastation left by the fire on Sunday. Video by Emma Canning

Emma Canning, whose business is in one of the three remaining units not destroyed in the fire has organised a major fund-raising drive for all those affected.

“Some of the people won’t be able to get enough out of their insurance company to cover the loss they have all felt,” she said.

“We all know how monetary can’t be placed on some items we own, they have taken years to acquire and money can’t replace them.

“Some of the items these guys have lost just can’t be covered by insurance as they are sentimental or not made any more.

“This money will help try to fund those few vital bits to try and restart these people back up and running,” she added.

Visit www.gofundme.com/f/murcot-business-fire-fund for more.

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