The Plough Arts Centre has brought new lighting desk to replace it’s current equipment which is so old it still uses a floppy disc to function.

The theatre in Torrington was in desperate need of new equipment, as much of its lighting, control desks and PA systems need ongoing repairs to keep going.

With an annual footfall of more than 70,000, the centre has already obtained funds from various trusts.

But the new lighting control desk was purchased thanks to a £2,000 grant from Torridge District Council’s community grants fun.

Peter Stiles from the Plough Arts Centre said: “The new equipment will be much more efficient, with cues being loaded by memory stick, a huge time saving on the current manual process.

“It will also be portable enabling it to be used across many venues in North Devon.

“All of this will help us expand our offer and attract better acts, and improve the quality and variety of our programmes.”

The centre puts on more than 300 hundred film screenings, several hundred live events and around 25 free exhibitions a year.

In addition the centre also has an extensive outreach programme that puts on events at 12 other venues across North Devon.

Councillor Margaret Brown, Torridge’s ward member for Torrington, said: “The shear breadth of the performances and other work undertaken by the Plough Arts Centre is so impressive.

“This is a local organisation that delivers so much for our communities but has a reputation which reaches out nationally.

“I am glad that we were able to support their transition into the digital age and look forward to attending some of their future events.”