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Call to use Grimsby Central Hall to secure its future

ONE of Grimsby's seemingly hidden gems is having an open day in a bid to boost its use and encourage local businesses and groups to use Grimsby Central Hall as a community hub.

Call to use Grimsby Central Hall to secure its future

The venue was saved from closure in 2015 by an anonymous financial backer.

As reported, the Central Hall has only been able to remain open after the backer agreed to cover the cost of any shortfall in the venue's budget over the next three years - but ongoing financial support is essential if the famous venue is going to remain open in the long term.

Trustee Angie Burnett said: "We are having an open day on Friday, April 7 - it's a drop-in from 11am until 3pm. It's aimed at local businesses, organisations and charity groups so we can show all the facilities we have to offer.

"We have a variety of meeting rooms in a wide range of sizes which can be used for meetings and seminars."

The spacious Central Hall in Duncombe Street.

The Cast Theatre Company have been based at Grimsby Central Hall for the last 12 years and have put on no fewer than 40 shows at the iconic venue.

Sarah Hall of Cast said:"The aim is because people still don't know the hall is here and think that it's just a music hall and we just put shows on. We have got lots more rooms, another ten plus that fit anything from one to 655 people; including office space available to rent.

"We have got a bar, the chapel, there are kitchen facilities. So anybody looking for space for dance groups, karate clubs, brownies, slimming clubs, exercise classes and businesses wanting to hold their AGM meetings - it's possible.

"A lot of people don't realise what the hall has to offer."

Sarah Hall, Cast Theatre Company, with Angie Burnett, Central Hall trustee.

The trustees will be present at the open day giving tours around the building on Duncombe Street and providing light refreshments. Some of the venue users will put on a photo gallery to show just what is possible in the space available.

Later in the year there will be a second open day for everybody to bring children along and consider the venue for children's parties.

"The potential is great for private parties and functions," added Angie.

Sarah continued: "There's been rumours that the hall is not going to stay open. But we are open we are here - we are available. We are moving in the right direction to make the hall more of a community hub that everyone can be using.

"We are aiming to get as many people, small and large businesses to come and have a look. That's the whole point of the open day. We want every room being used!"

To get in touch with the trustees or hall phone 01472 349 300, ring the box office on 01472 355025 or go online to www.grimsbycentralhall.org

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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