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An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway is to commence regular Sunday openings “as soon as operationally possible.”


A test run angered many traditionalists who point out the commercial premises are closed on Sundays reflecting the historic local island values of observing the Sabbath.


An Lanntair's board has now reviewed the results of these trial events, examining the numbers of audiences and ticket sales, and the impact on staff, audiences and the organisation as a whole.


A statement from An Lanntair said: “Each of the three Sunday cinema screenings was very well attended, demonstrating that there is strong demand for a cinema offer on Sundays.


“The arts activities for children and families were popular too. The trial has evidenced that audiences would like to see the arts centre open on Sundays.


“Feedback from the trial has shown that opening the arts centre as an inclusive and welcoming community space on Sundays has the potential to contribute to the health and well-being of people across our community.”


The arts centre board said: The feedback we have received during the trial has confirmed that, if we were to open on Sundays, people would like to see our whole building, including the café bar, open and offering high quality food and drink alongside our arts programme.


“We would like to be able to service this demand to the highest quality.


“However we are not quite ready operationally to open the doors on Sundays at the moment.


“We will work to resolve this in the future, and intend to start Sunday opening as soon as operationally possible.”


The board added: “We have made a firm commitment to all of our staff that we will not expect anyone to work on Sundays if they do not want to.


“It is important to be clear that An Lanntair exists to serve the entire community, and can serve different parts of it in different ways.


“Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion means that we are continuously seeking new ways to support people to access our programme, services and activities.”


An Lanntair confirms regular Sunday opening

5 April 2018