YEADON Town Hall is officially back in the hands of the local community from this week.

The landmark building, which dates back nearly 140 years, will now be managed by the Yeadon Town Hall Community Interest Company (CIC) - which is aiming to return it to its former glory.

Businessman and theatre impresario Jamie Hudson and the chairman of the Yeadon Town Hall Users Group, Jenny Thackur, teamed up with local councillors and residents to form the CIC.

The CIC has been granted a 50 year lease of the building from Leeds City Council, beginning on Monday, April 1, and is now planning the restoration and regeneration of both the exterior and interior. A programme of 2019 shows has also been arranged, including world-class tribute acts, variety circus shows and musical spectaculars.

CIC Director Jamie said: “Ultimately Yeadon Town Hall is a community building, so we want to make sure there is something for everyone. We’ve got a programme of family shows, tribute acts from all eras and of course our annual Christmas Spectacular to look forward to.

“We’re also producing our own shows this year, for the first time in the town hall’s history. From June 13 to 15 we’re producing T he Carole King Songbook , a celebration of the hit songwriter’s music and legendary career. The show’s heading off on a UK-wide tour in 2019/20, too - so we’re certainly getting the Yeadon Town Hall name out there.” People are urged to buy a plaque for the ‘Wall of Fame’.