Former band members visit hall moved brick by brick to Beamish

L to R - Kyle Curry, Julie Carmichael, Glenis Smith, Liam Curry

L to R - Kyle Curry, Julie Carmichael, Glenis Smith, Liam Curry

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FORMER band members got their first look at a historic hall which has been rebuilt brick by brick.

Hetton Silver Band Hall will reopen its doors at Beamish Museum this week – 101 years after it was first used.

The hall was once the only purpose-built band practice hall in the North East and the envy of all other bands.

It stopped being used in 2009 and fell into disrepair.

But in 2010 work started to move it piece by piece to Beamish where it would be rebuilt.

Yesterday former members of Hetton Silver Band, who fought to save the building, were given a sneak peek before it officially reopens tomorrow.

Glenis Smith said: “We never thought it would happen, but our dreams have come true,” said former member Glenis Smith.

“We’ll always have somewhere to go and see it.

“It’s brilliant to see Hetton’s heritage coming to life. It would have been so sad for it to have been knocked down, but now it will live on forever.”