Attached to the Civic Centre, developed and opened in 1977, to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, she ain’t no human being, she’s a building.
An low exterior slab of classical municipal modernism, with a series of wonderful and surprising new attachments, ideal for all occasions!
The most amazing set of heavily patinated, square sectioned, inorganic pipes which are precipitously cantilevered onto the front elevation.
The lobby boasts further exotic lighting, this time on the ceiling, and applied metal reliefs attached to the back wall and booking office.
I’ve never been in the main auditorium, yet – but life is full of little surprises.
Others have – boxers, boozers, bands, concerts, carousers, dancers, thespians – the lot.
The council have a mind to put a stop to all this wayward architecture and replace it something new, shiny and anonymous.
But they’re having to wait for the Men from the Ministry to cough up the cash – which may or may not be tied up in a nearby Northern Powerhouse, Mr Osborne may just have to be lead up the A62 by the nose, with a promise of the most popular Tea Dance in the area.
I do advise you to go and have a look before you can’t.