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History of St George's Hall revealed during open day tours
10:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
Fascinating facts about the 160-year history of St George’s Hall were revealed to visitors who crossed the threshold as part of the Heritage Weekend.
Members of staff gave guided tours round the building, enabling people from toddlers to pensioners to see backstage and experience a look back in time. Children with pirate swords and their faces made up to look like butterflies and spidermen were part of the entertainment that greeted visitors.
They learned that in its pre-fire-regulations heyday, St George’s Hall could pack in an audience of 3,500, and that the building was at one time used as an airport terminal before passengers were bussed up to Leeds-Bradford.
Throughout its history the hall has regularly attracted the Halle Orchestra.
The organ, originally installed in 1856, and dressing rooms used by star names were also part of the weekend tour.
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