Tony remembers the fight
to save the Grand.
"I got involved with the Grand Theatre
in its last years.
It closed for some time
and then a man called Michael Wide
managed to reopen it
and he set up a very good company
called the Grand Theatre Company
and we did weekly rep.
And we were building up
a tremendous audience.
And then there was this threat
to the place because the lease
was due to expire.
And it began to hit the headlines -
to save their local theatre.
And we went out night after night
in all weathers
and we collected signatures
from about one hundred thousand people,
which was about half the borough
in those days,
and we were allowed into the Town Hall
one evening to present this petition
to save the place.
But of course we were up against
The Davis family had bought it
and we couldn't save it.
We fought very hard to save
that beautiful little theatre,
it was terribly sad."