“Have pride in Mansfield - it has so much going for it.”
That is the rallying call from actress Ruth Madoc, who is starring in Cinderella, at the Palace Theatre.
“I first came here about 20 years ago,” said Ruth, “and it has changed a lot in that time. Not only do I see big improvements to the theatre, but also in the town centre itself too.
“It has larger shops that it didn’t have back then and it now has many independent shops too.”
Ruth said that the closure of many of the pits in the 80s across the UK led to economic issues, and that it takes time to rebuild communities.
But she added that people should not just dwell in the past.
“People should have pride in Mansfield as it has so much going for it,” said Ruth. “I know it is an effort to revitalise a community but as far as I am concerned, you certainly have done that in Mansfield.
“Having been in the town centre it is still a great market town, with good independent shops and I love it. I couldn’t wait to come here.
“People are smiling more and walking about with more confidence. This place is vibrant compared to what it was.”
Ruth also said that there is a lot of heritage in the town centre that people should be proud of, and that on the outskirts there are new housing developments.
Ruth’s comments were echoed by Runu Ahad, who recently opened the Mangrove restaurant in Dame Flogan Street, replacing the existing Monsoon venue in Midworth Street.
He said: “If we didn’t believe we could make it work where we are, in Mansfield town centre we wouldn’t have invested time and money.
“I support Ruth’s statement as we are evidence of the vibrancy of the town.”
Elaine McGreadie, from Hops In a Bottle, in Market Street, said: “There’s a lot going for Mansfield and people should be an ambassador and say good things about Mansfield.
“I will praise anybody of they are trying to promote the town centre and there to support the town centre. .”
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