A CREATIVE charity that has helped hundreds of youngsters get into music while entertaining a town for 30 years has closed suddenly.
The final note has been played at The Studio, in Tower Street, Hartlepool, after the venue fell into voluntary liquidation.
A meeting of the debt-laden charity’s trustees was held on Tuesday and it was decided that they could no longer soldier on.
It’s five full-time staff members, who have now lost their jobs, were due to be paid two weeks ago but got their money late due to grants drying up and ticket sales dropping.
That led the board of volunteers to agree it was time to finally call it a day.
The organisation’s chairman, Phil Swinburne, who has been involved with the organisation since it began in 1981 as The Durham Street Studio on the Headland, said it was a “sad day” for music lovers across the town.
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