THE COLLECTION

Political activity inside City Hall (aerial shot)

© Annette Egerton. All Rights Reserved, 2020 / Hall For Cornwall

Method - scan Date - 2019

Political activity inside City Hall (aerial shot)

Date: 1983

Record Number: HFC:2019:13

On 9th June 1983 a General Election took place. The count for Truro & St Austell took place at City Hall. The hall was spruced up for the televised recording, with the addition of trees and large letters on the stage. In the foreground is the microphone and small stage set up for filming and announcements.

Method - scan Date - 2019

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