This week, TV stars and local celebrities, the Siddiqui family gave the Derby Hippodrome restoration project their backing. Father Sid and sons Baasit and Umar are regular contributors of Channel 4’s “Gogglebox” programme, entertaining millions across the UK with their quick-witted commentary on the week’s television viewing.
They are very proud of their home City of Derby and want to see it thrive, but like many others have recognised that Derby hasn’t got anywhere near enough theatres given it has a population of over a quarter of a million people plus the many thousands living in the immediate area.
As the Siddiquis explained “It would be great to have the Derby Hippodrome back up and running. Obviously, television is great but our city would definitely benefit from having more theatres”
The Siddiquis would like to encourage more people in Derby to support the current push to restore the Hippodrome as it would clearly have such a big positive impact on St Peter’s Quarter and the wider city Centre; pulling more people into the city centre and helping to Derby to survive the pressures seen on every British high street.
A spokesperson for Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust said “We are looking forward to seeing people’s jaws drop if we can pull this off. I’m not sure the people of Derby generally realise that in 2019 we are genuinely getting very close to actually being able to restore the theatre with the help of the HLF. We just need the public to give us a financial leg up. We’ve been greatly encouraged by the generosity of our donors so far who have given a lot for the sake of everyone who calls Derby home”
If you would like to join the Siddiquis in supporting the project please donate to the current Crowdfunding Appeal, the link is shown below.