Accrington ballroom gets £750k makeover

Accrington Town Hall's classic ballroom is set to be unveiled as a venue for wedding receptions, proms and events after a £750,000 restoration.

Wedding staircase LRThe venue has already held its first two events even before its official launch - a private party and Accrington Pipe Band performance both took place just before Christmas.

And the ballroom will be further showcased in early March when a wedding fayre is set to take place there, featuring catwalk shows, hair and make-up demos plus stands from the region's leading suppliers.

The ballroom is suitable for a host of occasions, from wedding receptions and school prom evenings to family parties, wakes, christenings, dedications and live shows.

It has a capacity of 300, while 240 people can comfortably be accommodated for a sit-down meal.

Leading up to the ballroom is a grand staircase that lends itself to red carpet entrances and a memorable photography backdrop.

Dating back to 1858, the ballroom has undergone a respectful restoration to enhance its striking original features while bringing its facilities right up-to-date for modern events and functions.

The multifunctional ballroom space features a fully sprung dancefloor - the only other of its kind in the North West is at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. With striking acoustics and a cutting edge multi-coloured lighting scheme, the revamped ballroom is serviced by two new bars - one located behind the stage area and a mezzanine cocktail bar overlooking the main space. Kerry Smith, cultural services manager at Hyndburn Leisure, said: "The ballroom is the jewel in Accrington's crown. It's a spectacular setting for events and we've been keen to keep it as affordable as possible to hire so everyone in our town can make the most of it for their special occasions.."