New-look hall re-opens

PUBLISHED: 16:53 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 22:30 28 May 2010

The grand opening

The grand opening

IT was a red letter day for Upwell Public Hall, in October 1955 when it was re-opened after being renovated and extended. The hall had been opened 87 years previously after the formation of a limited company by villagers. It was officially opened by Mrs F

IT was a red letter day for Upwell Public Hall, in October 1955 when it was re-opened after being renovated and extended.

The hall had been opened 87 years previously after the formation of a limited company by villagers.

It was officially opened by Mrs F Hartley, one of the directors of the public company. She said of the original shareholders, two direct descendants were still shareholders - Bernard West and Wilby Jarvis.

When the hall was built in 1868 it cost £806 and was opened with a musical evening.

A large number of shares were bought to help pay for the renovations but the company still had 1,000 for sale.

The work included modern toilets, a huge new stage, a new floor and a spacious kitchen.

Alderman Lance Hunter Rowe provided refreshments at the opening and it was followed by a dance with music by Les Walden and his band.

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