Name unveiled for Northwich’s new entertainment and leisure venue

Memorial Court is to be the name of Northwich’s new entertainment and leisure venue, it can be revealed today (Wednesday).

It won 43 percent of the public vote after local residents were asked to pick their favourite from a shortlist of three.

In second place was The Condate which took 31 percent of the votes, followed by Riversmeet with 26 percent.

More than 300 votes were received in the competition, which ran alongside a public consultation inviting feedback on the mix of facilities and building design.

Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, said: “Our intention has always been for the venue to retain in some way the sentiments of the Memorial Hall, the publicly-funded building it will replace.

“So it is wonderful that the people of Northwich have chosen Memorial Court. It pays tribute to the Hall as well as the magistrates’ court, ensuring the history of the site will play an important role in its future.”

The three names were selected from almost 100 put forward in a public competition to come up with an inspiring identity for the £12.5m venue.

Local Councillor Paul Dolan said: “I would like to thank everyone who suggested a name and voted for their favourite.

“The name will be a major part of the venue’s identity so choosing Memorial Court at this relatively early stage will really help to influence its development.”

The naming exercise was co-ordinated by the Weaver Valley Partnership Board, which is Cheshire West and Chester Council’s partner in the venue.

Geoff Hope-Terry, chairman of the Weaver Valley Partnership Board, said: “My congratulations go to the person who suggested Memorial Court, who will win a 12-month Brio leisure pass and tickets to a show of their choice.

“Everyone who suggested a name will receive a free seven-day Brio leisure pass for any Council-run leisure facility that can be used immediately.”