Artist makes book to raise funds for beloved Horley theatre

Gary Andrews is raising money for the Archway Theatre in Horley by selling a book of his cartoons - picture submitted
Gary Andrews is raising money for the Archway Theatre in Horley by selling a book of his cartoons - picture submitted
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A cartoonist from Horley has published a book to raise money for the town’s Archway theatre.

Gary Andrews’ project started with the Inktober initiative where people around the world took to social media sharing their doodles and ink drawings.

He has combined that passion with his love of live theatre to help the Archway.

He said: “Inktober was a thing to do an ink drawing every day, I did Dickens and Shakespeare characters and lots of people made lots of lovely comments saying why don’t I do a book.

“Archway needs new seating. I love live theatre as it really brings people together.

“The Archway has young groups starting at eight years and people are still active there into their 80s.

“You are all together and it’s really lovely like that. We have third generation members where people have their children and grandchildren there. It’s such a family feel.

“It deserves a little bit of whatever you can do for it.”

The small theatre building is under the railway arches beside Horley Railway Station.

Established in 1939, it has survived on community contributions and fundraising.

Gary continued: “It has no government funding; just membership and box office.

“They need new seats as they have been there for 20 years now. That’s not cheap.

“I had 100 copies done and once I have gone past 40 I have just about covered costs. The more books I sell, the more we can get for the seats.

“If this goes well. I might try and do a few more. I did a Santa a day through December.”

His book in priced at £5 including postage. To buy it go to garyandrewsstuff.weebly.com

For information about the theatre go to www.archwaytheatre.co.uk