Dance fever to mark Memorial Hall memories

Decades of Northwich’s history were celebrated through dance to officially close the town’s memorial hall on Saturday.

Performers and musicians wended their way through the town centre to the hall, led by a street sweeper and followed by an intrigued throng of onlookers.

The ‘Collect: Live’ procession culminated in a performance under magically lit trees at the back of the hall before everyone crowded inside for a last disco and the chance to collect memorabilia and take some final photographs as Cllr Gaynor Sinar, from Cheshire West and Chester Council, welcomed everyone to the hall for the final time.

Dancers were drawn together by Cheshire Dance and included professional artists and dancers from Hartford High School, St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary, Cheshire Dance Boys and Hot Steppin’.

Performances were based on residents’ memories of the hall spanning more than 50 years.

The hall has closed to make way for a new centre called Memorial Court, set to include a theatre, swimming pool, sports facilities, bar and cafe.

Cllr Brian Jamieson, from Northwich Town Council, said: “This place has been a big part of Northwich for 50 years.

“It’s always sad when something everyone knows goes but we’re going to have a new hall and a fresh start.”

In her speech Cllr Pam Booher, CWAC chairman and Lord Mayor of Chester, said she had performed on the hall’s stage herself as a member of Mid Cheshire Amateur Operatic Society and eaten at the Hayhurst Room while serving as a magistrate.

She said: “The inaugural meeting was held on November 16th 1945 and it was to raise funds to provide a memorial hall to commemorate the victory we had in the war and also to remember those who gave their lives for our country at that time,” she said.

“£42,837 was raised by local people and organisations and also Northwich Town Council and the hall itself opened on June 1st 1960.”

Taken from the Northwich Guardian 6th March 2013