Sunderland students in appeal for Hartlepool ballroom memories

QUEENS RINK NOW AND THEN. D7813

QUEENS RINK NOW AND THEN. D7813

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Students from the University of Sunderland are looking for people with memories of the Queen’s Rink ballroom in Hartlepool.

The students would like to invite over 60s to be part of their final year projects which would result in a performance based on people’s memories of the ballroom.

Before the project begins, students would like to interview people to retrieve their personal memories, which can include; music, preparation, dancing and personal experiences.

The project will begin on Friday April 15 and the aims of the project are to bring groups together to share their memories and to delve deeper into their experiences using dance, drama and music.

If you would be interested in taking part, the interviews will take place on April 1, at 2pm, in Hartlepool Catholic Club.

For further details contact Devin Gilbraith on 07414970574 or Hartlepool Catholic Club on 01429 261512.

The former ballroom, which was built as a skating rink in 1910, was based in Clarence Road, next to Hartlepool United’s ground.

It was a favourite haunt for dancers after 1933 as skating was limited to the winter months.

But time was called on the venue in 1968 and it had to be demolished in 1972 after a vandal attack left it in a dangerous condition.