READING the Examiner article ‘Final Curtain Call For The Palace Theatre’ (July 10) it made me wonder again why this building could not have been developed into the theatre we were striving for prior to the time of conversion of the old Methodist Mission chapel.
Surely it could have been purchased? Also with it being a ready made theatre I’m sure that any remedial works would have worked out significantly cheaper and easier than the amount which was needed to rectify the dilapidated state that the chapel was in at the time.
If memory serves me right I think millions were spent on a building we only leased.
Some may have argued the Palace was too big but I’m sure spare areas could be used for other purposes. Also there would have been much more room for comfortable seating, something that’s not provided for in the cramped theatre we have now.
The few times I’ve been I think I have only once found a comfortable seat. I had a cramped a balcony seat and left at the interval. It seems such a shame. It would have to be something special to make me venture there again.
Losing the front
I WOULD like to clarify aspects of your old Palace Theatre report.
Huddersfield Civic Society is disappointed that the 1937 Palace Theatre façade is to be demolished along with the rest of the theatre.
WD Kingsgate Ltd’s planning application 2007/92060 showed retention and restoration of the existing façade incorporated into Kingsgate II. This was discussed and emphasised in the application’s amended design and access statement (page 22) and was the subject of illustrations and submissions by WD Kingsgate and others at the 2008 public inquiry.
During the consultation process the façade retention plan received the support of the Theatre Trust, The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society and Huddersfield Civic Society.
In architectural terms we consider it to be valuable as a representative building of its time. The building’s streamlined design gives the street visual interest, particularly when juxtaposed with the 19th century buildings. The façade and immediate return walls would be perfectly capable of being restored.
As recently as June 2009 WD Kingsgate displayed the façade retention plan at the civic society’s Our Town, Our Heritage, Our Future exhibition.
Without any apparent revision to the application it now appears that the façade is to be lost; hence our disappointment.
The civic society has no objection to the demolition of the rest of the theatre in order that the Kingsgate centre can be enlarged. The notion of restoring the Palace to theatrical use is unhelpful and threatening to the wellbeing of the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
Listing and Conservation Officer Huddersfield Civic Society
Power to the people
THE wind farm proposed for Grange Moor is certainly blowing an ill wind.
Common sense tells you these huge turbines should be situated well away from houses etc, but common sense gets thrown out of the window too often, just like the justification for new build houses.
No-one wants them on their patch so move them somewhere else is the immediate reaction, but where?
Wind turbines can be huge, noisy and not a very pretty sight for hikers and those of us who can see them from our windows. Obviously the turbines have approval from the government to be built and local planning permission needs to be sought before erecting them.
How much pressure is applied to gain permission to build as arguments have to be listened to from all sides? Power to the people is never to be underestimated in a situation like this.
A day to remember
IT was called A Day To Remember. It really was the day we shall never forget – the Slaithwaite Good Companions’ 60th anniversary.
Everyone had a wonderful time! We all received a mug with 1950-2010 printed on them. The mayor and mayoress came and what a very pleasant couple they are.
Entertainment was provided by Vocal Expressions from Holmfirth, followed by Slaithwaite Band. An excellent tea was enjoyed with a raffle prize for everyone. The choir closed with Amazing Grace and the band with The Day Thou Gavest.
Heartfelt thanks must go to Maureen Weaving, our well-loved secretary. She is wonderful. Three recitations were read – one from the 40th anniversary, one from the 50th and a new one for the 60th.
May we go on for another 60 years.
Change for the better?
WHAT a lovely letter from Hard Up and Fed Up (Examiner, July 6). Now that he has been on the road to Damascus and has seen the light, perhaps he could use his talents to cheer us further.
His letters just give me a good laugh and I agree with him sometimes – but I did always suspect he had a good heart. I look forward to a new, transformed Hard Up and Fed Up.
Mrs Mary Mchugh
Praise for Denis
DENIS Kilcommons’ sarcastic humour about the royal family was a hit with me.
No knighthood for Denis but ‘Sir’, that was excellent. It amazes me why the large amount of cash the royals receive has never been questioned. We should pay the Queen only, not the other royal hangers-on.
I will never forget when the pompous Duke insulted a little girl who was giving his wife flowers, saying she should get her crooked teeth fixed. She was in tears, the poor child.
Arise ‘Sir Denis’, you have hit the nail on the head.
Voices in the hall
ON the subject of 1,000 Yorkshire Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, these extravaganzas were the brainchild of the late Leonard Moore, of Golcar, when he was chairman of the Huddersfield branch of the Yorkshire Cancer Research.
He organised the first one, but sadly died of cancer before the performance and could not share in the results of his efforts.
I have seen many references to Ron Massey as being the original organiser and, along with my very good friend Alan Beaumont as treasurer, they did organise several more at the three year interval and jolly good weekends they were too.
Syd Harris took over as chairman from Ron Massey and together with Alan and the Huddersfield committee organised more events. For some unknown reason Syd Harris changed his allegiance to the national organisation to Yorkshire’s loss.
It is for this work that Syd has been presented with the richly deserved award as featured in the Examiner on Saturday, June 26.
To paraphrase Mark Anthony, “Let not the good deeds (of Leonard Moore) be interred with his bones.’’
A great leader
I WAS sorry to see the obituary in Tuesday’s Examiner for Barbara Armstrong.
She was a great walker and leader for the countryside Ranger service. I first met Barbara who was leading a group to walk the Colne Valley Circular many years ago. She was an excellent leader and her knowledge of the local area made the walk more enjoyable. When you saw the walks advertised as ‘hard’ you knew it would be Barbara that would leading from the front.