GOUROCK'S flagship outdoor theatre is set to go undercover in a bid to help local performers get back on stage.

Following the success of the recent 'Musicals in the Park' event at the amphitheatre in Gourock Park, town councillors are now looking to invest in a canopy that can be used in all weathers.

Ronnie Ahlfeld and Lynne Quinn, who lead the local regeneration forum, are now exploring options.

They have been inundated with requests from companies who are unable to perform because of Covid-19 but are keen to use the outdoor space.

Councillor Quinn said: "We'd been looking at this for some time before Covid-19, as a way to get more use out of the amphitheatre.

"Musicals in the Park was a huge success and it shows what we can do.

"Now we want to take a bid for a canopy to the regeneration forum and invest in a canopy.

"It would mean putting structures in place, so that it could be taken up and down when needed.

"I have had lots of people in touch with us, local choirs and amateur performers hoping to use it some way.

"We are looking at different ways we can help.

"It is fantastic setting and we would like to see it used more often."

The town centre regeneration forum funded a temporary stretch canopy to help the musicals show go ahead in the park.

No Nonsense Productions brought together a number of local talents in partnership with the Beacon and all the shows over three days were sold out.

Turning Gourock Park into a focal point for the community and a centre for leisure pursuits is a major aim of the forum.

Cllr Ahlfeld said: "I think we have shown what can be done.

"We want to invest in the park and this is one of the ways we can do it."