Masham’s Town Hall has begun a major overhaul in time for the building’s 100th birthday celebrations in 2013.
Refurbishment began on Monday, July 30 with work starting to remove the last of the asbestos left in the building, and will see the first floor of the Edwardian building brought into the 21st century, in line the ground floor which has been comprehensively overhauled in the last six years.
Town Hall Clerk Nick Reed said: “We spent last week preparing for the work to start, and had a lot of fun ripping out the control balcony and throwing things into skips.”
The balcony will be replaces with ground level controls for the stage lighting, and refurbishment in the back stage areas, installing toilets and sinks in more dressing rooms, and replacing a roof fan to allow the original Edwardian ventilation system to work properly.
The £64,000 project had been funded by donations and match funding from local companies, including Black Sheep Brewery, W E Jamesons, I’Anson Brothers and Swinton Park Estate.
The first stage of work should be completed in time for Bank Holiday Monday, August 27.