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Events centre loses grant of 1m

Racing Pigeon Show 2009, Winter Gardens
Winter Gardens holds events including the annual racing pigeon show

A Lancashire events centre is to lose an annual £1m grant from October after a council said it was "disappointed by the state" of the venue.

Winter Gardens in Blackpool has received the subsidy since 1986 to hold the town's major conferences.

Blackpool Council said the grant would now go to a number of organisations so they can choose a suitable venue to hold events in the town.

Leisure Parcs, Winter Gardens owners, said it was reviewing its facilities.

'Disappointing state'

"We are now in the process of reviewing all the events at the Winter Gardens with the team from Visit Blackpool, to determine which events will be supported," said a spokesman.

Leisure Parcs, which faces a £20m bill to repair the Victorian complex, is looking at a variety of alternatives, including retail outlets, to feature alongside current attractions, such as a ballroom and an opera house.

The council said it took the decision to redistribute the annual grant in summer 2008, but its report into the complex has only recently been released.

"We're on the record saying we're disappointed with the state of the Winter Gardens and this is a factor in changing how the subsidy is used," said a council spokesman.

Blackpool's Winter Gardens was the home of the Conservative Party's annual conference until 2007.



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