Over the last nine years, tea dances in Harrogate have brought pleasure to many and raised cash for a major restoration project.
However on Tuesday (Sept 3) dancers took to the floor for the last time for the final tea dance of a series organised by the Royal Hall Restoration Trust. In 2008 Harrogate’s Royal Hall was reopened after being restored with a £6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £2m from Harrogate Council and £2.7m provided by the public through the Trust.
Most restoration work is completed and the Trust has decided to end its tea dances which over the past nine years have raised tens of thousands of pounds towards the project. Yesterday, a final tea dance was held at the Sun Pavilion in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens.
The hall was designed by the leading theatre architect Frank Matcham and is used for concerts and other gatherings.