NORTH EAST VENUE PROMISES THE PROM WILL GO ON…
One of the North East’s largest event spaces is offering schools and colleges across the region a way of ensuring their proms can take place and still stay within safety guidelines.
Many of the annual balls are currently unlikely to go ahead because of the on-going situation with Covid-19 and social distancing.
But now Rainton Arena near Houghton-le-Spring has come up with a solution which owners hope will save thousands of youngsters from disappointment.
The arena, which can normally take up to 2000 people for an event, is offering the venue for free along with providing a free disco for schools which want to take advantage of the offer, limiting numbers so that social distancing is maintained.
“We’re lucky because we have such a large space that we can easily spread tables out and put all the necessary measures in place to ensure that everyone can enjoy themselves safely,” said Jay Johal, who owns the arena.
“We know how disappointed everyone must be to miss something that’s such an important event and we believe that we can still give young people a night to remember.
“We can easily accommodate up to 500 young people and keep to social distancing guidelines.”
The venue has also teamed up with Italian restaurant chain, Sambuca, to offer food options for the proms if required.
Any event will be subject to current Government guidelines on gatherings.