Relive the history of Sheffield City Hall with 80th birthday book
Date: 18/09/2012. Story submitted by: Lindsay McLaren
A new book to celebrate Sheffield City Hall's 80th birthday will lift the lid on the exciting times at one of the city's best-loved venues.
The book charts how the City Hall was built, how it survived the war and where the famous Lions from the Oval Hall stage went.
It looks at how Sir John Barbirolli influenced classical music in Sheffield and where the Beatles had their after party.
And it includes stories from the popular dances in the ballroom, how rock ‘n’ roll took over the venue as well as the rise of comedy.
The Sheffield City Hall birthday book takes you through the history of the venue and its patrons with all its highs and lows, exclusively produced for the 80th birthday in September.
As one of the country’s finest civic buildings, the City Hall has played a unique part in the day to day existence of the city and the country since the day it opened.
Written by local author Neil Anderson, the birthday book celebrates this with extracts from local people, stories from the archives and interviews from previous customers and employees.
Sheffield City Hall will be remembered by many for staging some of the most iconic gigs. Artists featured in the book include The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Led Zepplin who created the biggest queue for tickets.
But the venue also helped shape the burgeoning careers of some of the city’s own legends - Joe Cocker (first performing as Vance Arnold & The Avengers), Dave Berry and Karen Young were amongst the local stars that started to appear.
The book takes you through the stories with pictures, memorabilia and personal accounts of the events and can be purchased from this Saturday, (the actual 80th birthday of the building), from the City Hall Box Office or online at the weblink below.
Address: Barkers Pool Sheffield S1 2JA
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