A theatre that has been closed for eight months celebrated its reopening last night.

The Windmill Theatre in Littlehampton was forced to close after a serious fire at the neighbouring Harvester restaurant in August.

Councillor Freddie Tandy, Littlehampton Town Mayor, said the theatre had to undergo a number of "challenging repairs" that were organised by Arun District Council and Freedom Leisure before it could reopen.

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He also said the theatre was packed for its reopening night and needs the continued support from members of the public.

The town mayor said: "Following many months of often challenging repairs and restoration work by Arun District Council and Freedom Leisure necessitated by the devastating fire last year, I was absolutely chuffed to be invited to the big reopening night for our town's theatre and cinema.

"We were treated to an excellent performance of The Pajama Games by the brilliant LPOS Musical Society in front of a packed audience.

"Please go along and show your support for both our local theatre and the brilliant cast and crew if you can."