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Kettering church becomes home to an arts centre
Comedian Alex Horne performs at Kettering Arts Centre
Comedian Alex Horne performs at Kettering Arts Centre

A church in Kettering has become the first in Northamptonshire to house an arts centre.

Kettering Arts Centre opened in St Andrews Church on Rockingham Road, earlier in 2010.

So far, the centre has hosted book signings, concerts and even comedy evenings.

The church is the only one in the county to open such a venue, in order to bring more arts based events to the local community.

The idea for the centre came from the church's vicar, Nick Wills and his wife Becky.

They felt there was a need for more local arts activities and events in Kettering, so people didn't have to travel to Leicester or Birmingham to watch a show or concert.

Reverend Nick Wills said: "We are both fans of the arts and want to help people access it locally. Housing an arts centre in a church means people can do that and it makes use of a building which is centrally located in the town."

Since its opening in April 2010, Kettering Arts Centre has hosted book signings from authors such as Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

They've also held art exhibitions and concerts by local musicians such as Luke Leighfield and a comedy night with comedian Alex Horne.

Becky Wills from Kettering Arts Centre said: "Some people are astonished when they walk into the church to watch a concert or comedy show, but they soon forget where they are and just enjoy performance."

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for 2010, Josie Long, has confirmed she will be playing the venue on 27th November.

Nick and Becky both hope the centre's reputation grows in the town and they hope to attract more big names.

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