THE co-operative behind a bid to breathe new life in to Wakefield’s historic Unity Hall has smashed a £200,000 target to raise cash from investors.
Unity Works needed to raise £200,000 from a community share issues to help turn the building into a community arts and concert venue along with offices to rent.
After a final appeal for funding last month, £214,000 has been raised to pay for equipment including lighting and a sound system as part of the project at the hall.
The co-operative has already raised £4.8m to transform the hall, which is set to officially open in September.
Shareholders who have invested in the scheme will have their names etched on a wall-mounted collection of drumsticks at the venue.
Development director Chris Hill: “Since the launch of the shareholder initiative the Wakefield community have taken Unity to their heart.”
School IT company Mint Support has joined Unity Works as a commercial sponsor, and design and marketing agency Statement is its first business tenant.
Wakefield rockers The Cribs are play at Unity House as headliners for the Long Division music festival on Friday September 12.
The Damned and The Beat, who both played at Unity Hall in its 1980s heyday, are set to appear at the Year Zero festival at Unity Works on Saturday October 11.
For LOng Division musiv festival tickets, go to www.unityworks.co.uk