Yeadon Town Hall CIC takes over management of historic Leeds building
As of today (April 1), Yeadon Town Hall is officially back in the hands of the Leeds community.
The Town Hall was first built just under 140 years ago, and has served as a vital town facility for many decades.
Having faced several threats of closure from Leeds City Council, classic Yorkshire spirit took over and a group of like-minded, forward-thinking individuals came together to save the day.
Local businessman and theatre impresario, Jamie Hudson, and chairman of the Yeadon Town Hall Users Group, Jenny Thackur, teamed up with local councillors and other community members to develop the Yeadon Town Hall Community Interest Company (CIC).
Jamie Hudson, director of Yeadon Town Hall CIC, 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 13-15, we’re producing The 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!”
It was said to be clear that Yeadon Town Hall could no longer continue operating as it had previously done. The main auditorium, with a 560-seat capacity, was being underused with an opportunity to revitalise the entertainment offering for the local community.
After proposing an extensive business strategy and management plan, Yeadon Town CIC were granted a 50 year lease of the building from Leeds City Council.
The new plans include full restoration of both the exterior and interior - from refurbishing kitchen and bathroom facilities to a complete redecoration of the building. A programme of 2019 shows has also been planned.
Jamie added: “When the Town Hall first opened back in the late 1800s, there was great excitement about the future use of the building and its positive impact on the community.
“From this day forward, we’ll thoroughly look after Yeadon Town Hall and ensure the local landmark is well-used and much-loved.”
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