Reviving Rink dance hall days to mark diamond jubilee celebrations

The Queens Rink on Clarence Road
The Queens Rink on Clarence Road

A PIECE of Hartlepool history will be brought back to life as part of the town’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Queens Rink will be re-created for a one-off day of dancing on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 as part of The Diamond Festival.

Between 2pm and 4pm, the sights and sounds of the venue will be brought back to life at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, in Hartlepool.

“It is a celebration of all things fifties,” said Michelle Daurat, the events and visitor services manager from Hartlepool Borough Council which has organised a series of events to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The programme of activities will be called The Diamond Festival and will run from Friday, June 1, to Tuesday, June 5.

Michelle added: “A lot of people from Hartlepool met their partners at the Queens Rink. There are lots of memories that people might want to re-live.”

The Queens Rink closed for the last time in March 1968, 58 years after it first opened.

It was first used as a skating rink and boxing venue, but was perhaps best known at its height as a dance hall in the 1950s and 1960s.

It will be that era which will be celebrated in June in an event called Rink Revival.

Others in the series will include a 50s fashion show, musical tributes and the paddle steamer Wingfield Castle being turned into a venue for music and dance.

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Contact Chris Cordner by writing to him at New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, or email Chris Chris Cordner or by calling (01429) 239377.