A theatre group has shown support for the St Albans Museum and Art Gallery project with a £200 donation.

On Saturday, April 9, in full costume, the St Albans Mummers presented trustee of the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust Cllr Annie Brewster with the cheque in the Town Hall.

The Mummers, originally part of St Albans Morris, have been performing a unique Boxing Day play in St Albans for nearly 50 years.

The play follows a ‘hero-combat’ theme and is performed in five different venues around the city each year.

One of the group’s traditions is to not use their real names.

Character St George said: “The Mummers are very pleased to contribute in some way to the exciting new museum and art gallery project.

“Our town hall seems to have lacked real purpose for years but would be a perfect location for culture in the city.

“Many of us have strong connections to the building and it is tremendous news that it will return to such good public use.”

As part of the new museum project people can make a donation of £250 or more and have their family’s name engraved on an oak panel which will be places between the newly excavated basement gallery and the prison cells.

The Giant added: “This is a giant leap for our local culture and heritage and I am pleased to help promote the fundraising.

“It is great news that the response to having your name or your family’s name engraved on one of the oak panels is so popular.

“It will be a wonderful opportunity for people to become a part of St Albans’ history.”

Cllr Annie Brewster added: “The oak panel benefactor ‘walk of fame’ idea is based on the historic wooden panels in the Georgian courtroom and graffiti left by prisoners.

“So far an amazing £30,000 of public donation has been received to reserve names on the limited number of oak panels.

“To become a part of the St Albans story and include your name on the oak panels, visit www.renaissancestalbans.org.uk or pick up a leaflet in the new Visitor Information Centre located in the Alban Arena.

“I am very grateful to the Mummers for their contribution to the project and for the wonderful play that they perform each Christmas in our city.”