This week Cleaner and all-round nice guy Charlie Kromer tells us why he loves Lighthouse ....

"My story with Lighthouse goes right back to the beginning, to 1978. I was at school and living in Weymouth in those days, but I was mad about music and going to concerts. That meant I had to go to Bournemouth or Southampton but then Poole Arts Centre opened and it was that bit closer to home. By the time I was 15 or 16 we had moved to Poole and I was coming here at least once a month to see something – The Clash is a stand out memory and I was a big Genesis fan as well so I saw Steve Hackett here three or four times.

I moved to the United States in 1983 and stayed for 29 years, 24 of them on the island of Maui in Hawaii. I never forgot Poole Arts Centre though, not least because Maui Arts and Community Centre is surprisingly similar – it’s multi-venue and has a really diverse mix of entertainment, community events and conference rooms.

When I came back to Poole I was looking for work and there was only one place I wanted to be so I just walked into Lighthouse off the street and asked if there was anything going. Although I had a background in bar and restaurant work there were no vacancies, but there was a cleaning role so I took it and absolutely loved it – that was five and a half years ago.

What I love is that no two days are ever the same and that everyone here is focussed on the same thing, to make sure we send people home happy. I want to help make memories for people so I’ll gladly help out wherever it is needed.

For me a perfect day is a Norwegian folk band in the Sherling Studio, Russian ballet in the theatre and a top line stand up comedian in the Concert Hall. I love that we have such a diverse programme, although I’d like to see up and coming bands given a chance to play so that in 30 years someone like me can say they saw the big stars of the day at Lighthouse first."

Published 30 July 2018