Future of vacant Worthing town centre store is revealed

A charity which uses music to inspire and help youngsters has found a new home in a vacant Worthing town centre building.

Worthing town centre
Worthing town centre

AudioActive will take over all three floors inside the old Dorothy Perkins clothing store on Montague Road, as a workshop and performance space, following a deal brokered by Worthing Borough Council.

The charity, which helped patron and world-famous singer Rag ‘N’ Bone man on his ladder to success, believes the town is ‘rich in talent’ – and will benefit from housing a space for musical artists and pioneering projects.

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Adam Joolia, chief executive officer of AudioActive, said arts and culture organisations like his can lead to ‘a renaissance’ of town centres like Worthing’s, which are facing a declining retail economy and the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rag'N'Bone man with students from Northbrook College

The council said the move supports its bid to create a ‘vibrant town centre life’ and attract ‘new creative and cultural entrepreneurs’ to the town.

YourPlace - an AudioActive project