Record breaking year for The Ropewalk

By janetuplin |

2014 looks like ending as a record-breaking one for The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber.

Visitor figures up to and including November are the highest recorded since the Maltkiln Road arts centre opened nearly 15 years ago and with December’s figures yet to be logged it looks as if more than 100,000 people will have visited the venue during the past 12 months.

“We are absolutely delighted with these figures,” said The Ropewalk’s Managing Director, Liz Bennet.  “Many of these visitors have been supporting us since the early days when we opened just the southern end of the building.  But we are also welcoming many new visitors who we hope will take the time to visit us again in the not too distant future.”

The good news doesn’t end there as more people than ever are now being employed at The Ropewalk.

Today the arts centre employs 34 full-time and part-time staff compared to its previous highest employment total of 31.

“We are delighted that we have been able to employ so many talented people here,” said Managing Director Liz Bennet.

“Apart from our regular patrons noticing new faces alongside our existing staff throughout the building, I think the most notable area where we have increased staff numbers is in the Coffee Shop which seems to be going from strength to strength with takings exceeding all expectations,” she said.

“And what is lovely is that we have employed a whole breadth of talent and ages especially in the Coffee Shop where we have young people working alongside staff who have been with us for many years.”

“Many of the young people employed in the Coffee Shop on a weekend or part-time basis are able to take the skills they have learnt with us when they move on to university and are looking for part-time employment to supplement their income,” Liz continued.

 

 

 

 

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this is the world seen from the edge of our vision, the sidelong glance, a world absorbed almost sub-consciously in passing, capturing aspects of urban and rural landscapes as the viewer moves through them

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