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Appeal to help rebuild historic band hall

Band hall

Band hall

A CAMPAIGN is aiming to raise the roof to complete the rebuild of a historic hall.

Beamish Open Air Museum will become the new home of 100 year-old Hetton Silver Band Hall next summer, but £30,000 is still needed in order to complete the project.

Built on South Market Street in Hetton in 1912, the band hall is now in the process of being moved brick-by-brick to the County Durham attraction, but funding has fallen just short of the total required to complete the work.

“The building was always going to cost about £250,000.

“It was a really because we want to do it properly,” said museum director Richard Evans.

Funding for the project has come exclusively from the museum’s gate receipts and earnings, with no Government grants made available for the programme.

Mr Evans added: “We are anticipating being able to raise that money over the next six months.

“We have put at least £200,000 of the £250,000 into the project ourselves.”

At present, a totaliser on the museum’s website puts the funds raised so far at just over £8,000 – 27 per cent of the target.

However, having entered the final stages of the rebuild, the museum is appealing for donations to help the project over the line.

The Friends of Beamish Museum group is also helping.

Other methods of collecting the cash are also being used.

Mr Evans said: “People can pay to sign a slate and have their name on the building and the Friends of Beamish Museum are raising money too.”

Despite the inclement weather, the programme remains on track for completion in 2013.

“The snow and the ice obviously means it isn’t a great time to be building anything,” admitted Richard.

“I think it will be May or June time before the hall is completed.”

When reopened, the band hall will be part of the museum’s colliery village, hosting music displays and providing the 40,000 schoolchildren who visit each year with a first-hand experience of life of yesteryear.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/hettonbandhall or text BAND66, followed by the amount to be donated, to 70070.

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