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Shabang! opens temporary home after devastating fire left them homeless

They will be based in the basement of Slaithwaite Civic Hall for up to nine months

A fire-hit charity has re-opened its doors thanks to a huge community campaign.

Shabang! theatre group for people with additional needs has set up a temporary home in the basement of Slaithwaite Civic Hall.

Dozens of volunteers helped decorate the space, which the group will use while its fire-ravaged permanent base at The Watershed on Bridge Street in Slaithwaite is re-plastered. Repair work is likely to take up to nine months.

Shabang! has been a lifeline to Angela Wakefield and her daughter, Katy, who was born with Williams Syndrome.

“So many people have helped us, we’d just like to thank them all,” Angela said.

“People have donated so many things like books, bean bags and signs.

“Many have volunteered their time and businesses have given us discount to replace items.

“It was really important for us to get the group back up and running at the normal times for its members so they can keep their routines.

“We’ve already held a session here for the older children. They were so excited to be back.

“The space is a bit smaller but the facilities are fantastic. We’ll be putting on shows here.

“A new family has also joined us due to all the coverage we got, which is brilliant.”

Shabang charity getting their new 'Pop up' Shabang premises situated under Slaithwaite Civic Hall. Volunteer Janet Warham selects stencils for one of the rooms.

A charity fireworks night will raise more money for Shabang! which saw its Watershed base hit by fire on August 23.

It will take place on November 5 at the Cricketers Arms in Deanhouse from 6pm, with the display at 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £2 for adults and are free for children.

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