Before it was a theatre, Carride Council were responsible for the building and we remember that disused rooms upstairs had been taken over by flocks of pigeons! It must have been a dirty job cleaning it up!
When the war ended I was working along River Street. The fire station rang its signal and I threw myself to the ground and I remember thinking how silly I was to have done that. I remember the war well, the incendiary bombs falling all around. My mother rarely let us leave the house, at that time though I remember we went to the Regent Cinema, where they had open grate fires and they ironed the snooker tables before people played on them, and when we were allowed out, we’d head down to find winkles at Newham, boil them and pick them out with a pin.. This one time I remember my mother took us up to the park up at Hendra and we heard a noise and Mum said ‘It’s the Gerries’, so we ran into the public toilets and I remember all the windows smashing, the noise and the chaos of it. Mr Dexter, who was in the AA – you always saluted when you saw him coming – came and collected us and I remember we went up past Fairmantle Street where there was a house of one of my mother’s friends where a bomb had come right down through her sitting room. Sobering it was and I was glad when it was over.
I was a member of a 5 piece band who played on a Rock competition in 1967. In the same competition was Roger Taylor (Queen). I think he went on to do rather better than we did…
My favourite memories of City Hall are the dances in the Annex, the Ballet’s on stage, the Fatstock shows, the Police Ball, Operas, the Guides & Scouts Fair and the variety show ‘Bits and Pieces’.
My favourite memory is the beer festivals! We love Cornwall!
I remember coming as a child to hear my mother’s headmistress, Blanche Watkiss, play the piano at an elderly age, and she forgot her music halfway through! This was the 1950s or 60s. She was head at the boarding school in Newquay. Thelema – now Phelema. I remember the hall as very dark with deep seats, we were very small.
Sarah was a Director and General Manager during the transition from City Hall and its subsequent campaign to become Hall For Cornwall. Sarah Smith helped to establish the HFC Trust and led fundraising for the campaign.
By the mid-1990s, a number of parties from the council, City Hall governance teams and national organisations decided that City Hall was no longer fit for purpose, and that substantial development was required to transform City Hall into a workable performing arts venue to serve the cultural needs of the county. These ambitions became the Hall For Cornwall ‘A Space For You’ campaign