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Tuesday, 7 July, 2020

Celebrating the Past and Preparing for the Future

King George’s Hall has recently been overwhelmed by the memories shared on their social media channels of concerts people have enjoyed in Blackburn in years gone by.

The shows included everything from the first experience of ballet through to classic performers like the Beatles and David Bowie.

Claire Wolstenholme said: “Always wanted to watch ballet & saw my first there a few years ago; Vienna Festival Ballet, they were everything I hoped for.”

Remembering his first ever gig, Terry Brereton said: “One of the first concerts I watched was Andy Williams in ’79. I was on the front row and shook his hand!”

Tara McDaid told us about her favourite concert: “The Doves! The hairs on my arm stand up just thinking about the atmosphere at that gig.”

Some still own their treasured tickets from past events, like Andy Mayo’s ticket for The Jam in December 1979, costing just £3 and John Caffrey who has a large collection of tickets from shows as diverse as Magnum to Marc Almond.

As the team a King George’s Hall continue to work on rescheduling shows and adding new stars to the programme for when we can all be together again, they have also added their own tribute to the building to celebrate some of the classic concerts from the past.

The billboards that usually advertise upcoming shows, are now adorned with a celebration of some of the memories of amazing gigs at the venue. The main entrance now hosts images from shows by Suede, The Courteeners and Kaiser Chiefs and some views of the venue in a different light, waiting for the day when the music returns.

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