Residents and passers by in Boston Spa are looking skywards at a newly installed roof light at Boston Spa Village Hall.
Work has been completed on the installation at the top of the old snooker room at the village hub - returning the 100 year old building to its former glory.
The Trustees Hall - as it was known originally - was built in 1909 on land donated by the Lane Fox family of Bramham.
A snooker room with two slate bed snooker tables was built into the complex with a glass roof light to provide the best possible environment in which to play.
As a result of deterioration the light was removed in 1990 and capped with a flat roof.
And following the diminishing use of the room as a snooker venue, the decision was taken in 2010 to get rid of the snooker tables and to use the room as an additional letting room for the community.
After meeting up to discuss the roof, the village hall management committee decided that restoring the original roof light would enhance the room significantly.
But a mystery benefactor, who was aware of the origins and history of the village hall, offered to fund the installation subject to the management committee affording the attendant costs of installation.
Les Brown, chair of the management committee said: “The result is now there for all to see.
“We cannot express our thanks sufficiently to the benefactor who has sponsored this wonderful restoration.
“It is a significant addition to the village hall.
“In the coming weeks, we shall complete the redecoration of the old snooker room and this will further enhance a facility of which Boston Spa can be proud.”
The new structure was built and installed by David H Wright Ltd, of Sherburn in Elmet, and further internal repairs and restoration were carried out by David Dykes and John Tate of Boston Spa.
Scott Thompson, architects of Boston Spa, advised on the project.
Boston Spa Village Hall is home to the nationally known Jazz in the Spa sessions every Saturday evening, the WISE Café on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and the Free ’n’ Easy guitar and open mic sessions on the first Sunday of each month.
For more information about the hall or to make a booking ring 07989 265507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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