Stage set for renovation

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A refurbishment of the Reid Hall and its facilities is due to get under way at the start of next month.

The project, which will involve alterations around the building to improve access and accessibility will begin on July 6 with completion due by October 23.

Criticism had been levelled at the Victorian building’s condition for several years before Angus Council consulted with user and stakeholder groups last summer to establish what work should be carried out.

The final list includes refurbishment of the basement dressing rooms, the installation of a new external bay lift to the existing stage loading bay, installation of a new stair-riser to access the stage, a ground floor accessible entrance, modifications to the orchestra pit/stage, installation of a new servery in the main hall, improvements to the kitchen and refurbishment of the ground floor accessible lavatory and first-floor staff lavatory.

The hall’s condition has been discussed and highlighted by Forfar Community Council and at their last meeting members welcomed the news that work is to start.

Isobel Ross, chairwoman, said: “It is looking quite tired and the changing rooms etc need done. Personally I’m not too happy about a bar being installed because that will take away quite a few seats.

“I’d like to think they’ll do as much as they can with the money they have and I hope that more money comes forward. It’s only right that we have a proper facility in town for all the things that are going on.”