Diss Corn Hall is through to arts awards finals

Diss Corn Hall

Diss Corn Hall - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

The Diss Corn Hall is in a group of inspiring artists, much-loved venues and spectacular events that are among the people's choice when it comes to Norfolk's stars of the arts.

More than 6,000 votes were cast online for the EDP People's Choice Awards, which will be presented at the Norfolk Arts Awards ceremony this weekend.

The final three in each of the three categories – individual, small organisation and large organisation - has now been revealed, with Diss Corn Hall among the final three in the small organisation finalists.

Diss Corn Hall is described in the awards process as an 'amazing small arts venue' that offers a brilliant mixture of events from theatre to music, comedy, poetry and storytelling.

It is run mainly by volunteers and because a refurbishment of the hall is now under way the venue is currently taking its events programme on tour.

Angela Sykes, manager of the Corn Hall, said: 'We can't thank the people of Diss and the surrounding area enough for voting us into the final of the Norfolk Arts Awards for the second year running.

'It's given us all – workers and volunteers – a fantastic boost to have such enthusiastic support for what we're doing.

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'If we don't win, knowing we have that will be prize enough but if we actually come away with the title this year, we'll be over the moon.'

Ms Sykes had been described as a 'real champion of the arts' during the first stage of the awards process when she was one of the original nominees for the individual category.

She said had been 'utterly delighted' to be involved in two nominations.

The Norfolk Arts Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 19 at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich.

Tickets for the event cost £15. To book, visit www.maddermarket.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 620917.

The Norfolk Arts Awards, in association with the Mercury's sister paper the Eastern Daily Press, are part of the Hansells Hostry Festival which will run from October 19 to 31.

For more information visit www.hostryfestival.org

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