THE winner of a logo contest for a community theatre is set to be unveiled at a ceremony in Boscombe on Friday.

The Shelley Theatre on Beechwood Avenue, which was originally built in 1849 for Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, has been over-hauled in a bid to return it to its former glory.

A key aspect of this transition is to find a logo which captures the ethos of the historic location and its importance to people who live in the area – with final submissions for the competition collected last week.

Director of the theatre Jon Dunne said he was looking forward to seeing the designs people create and that finding a new logo will be another important step in its rejuvenation.

“It was a mess. It was boarded up, being used by drug addicts and raided by people scavenging,” he added.

“It is a great space to make use of and my aim has always been to create a theatre which has a really positive impact on local people.”

The venue, previously used as a canteen for Bournemouth and Poole Art College, lay empty for eight years, but now regularly hosts community events and shows with the help of 45 volunteers.

Mr Dunne, who also launched the Exchange Theatre in Sturminster Newton, will be one of the contest’s five judges, with the winner set to be given gallery space in the foyer for a month and three pairs of tickets to shows of their choice.

Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East, will also be judging and told the theatre he is ‘honoured’ to be involved in the project.

The other judges include architect Phil Proctor, PR consultant Liz Willingham and branding expert Mark Masters.