Join in the Royal Hall’s 110th birthday

Alex in front of Royal Hall with her winning drawing: (S)
Alex in front of Royal Hall with her winning drawing: (S)

When the Prince of Wales re-opened the Royal Hall on January 22 , 2008, he likened the hall to an ‘elegant and once-lovely old lady who had fallen on hard times…but after her makeover I see she has been taken back in time to the beauty and splendour of her youth. The result is simply breath-taking’.

That lovely old lady will be celebrating her 110th birthday at a special open day on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27.

A small team from the Royal Hall Foundation Trust and Friends of the Harrogate Theatre are putting on a show celebrating 110 years of the Royal Hall.

The celebrations have started with a children’s competition to design a 110th birthday card, which was won by 11-year-old Alex Pilling of Brackenfield school.

All entries will be on display on the day and prizes will be handed out to the winners:

The building celebrates Harrogate’s spa heritage and it has hosted all the great performers of the 20th century, including Sarah Bernhardt and George Robey, the London Philharmonic, Anna Pavlova, the Beatles and John Denver.

The Hall will be open from 10am to 4pm on May 27.

There will be a continuous film show of Harrogate’s past, live music, a quiz and treasure hunt for children and facepainting. There will be talks and exhibitions and guided tours of the Royal Hall , or visitors can look around on their own.

Visitors can stand on the stage or peek into the changing rooms to see where stars get ready for their performance.

Tickets are available from the Harrogate Theatre Box Office for £3.50 or £5 at the door on the day – accompanied children 16 years and under free.

The full results of the competition to design a birthday card were:

1, Alex Pilling (age 11) from Brackenfield School; 2, Freddie Newton (age 10) from Saltergate Junior School; joint 3, Poppy Abbs (age 6) of Oatlands Infants and Ollie WIlkinson (age 7) of Grove Road Primary School.