Spa looks for Royal Hall memories

The Royal Hall before its refurbishment
The Royal Hall before its refurbishment

STAFF at Bridlington Spa are looking for your memories of the famous Royal Hall, to celebrate it’s 80th anniversary next year.

The Royal Hall has played host to a huge array of top names over it’s 80 years in operation since it was totally rebuilt following a fire in 1932.

The Spa the morning after the fire, a smouldering shell

The Spa the morning after the fire, a smouldering shell

While memories of the big events are welcome, the Spa are also hoping to find the personal stories of lives that may have been changed by an event taking place in the Royal Hall.

Maybe you fell in love with your husband or wife at one of the Hall’s regular Tea Dances, or met a life long friend.

Staff are hoping to use those stories as part of their anniversary celebrations next summer, and urge people to write to them with their memories, in no more than 100 words, to The Spa Bridlington, South Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH or spasales@eastriding.gov.uk

• Work began on the first Spa Royal Hall on January 15 1926, and six months later on July 15 it was opened to the public - at a cost of £50,000.

Brid Spa

Brid Spa

An overtly art deco building, the Royal Hall proved popular with tourists and residents alike until disaster struck. At 2am on the morning of Friday January 29, 1932, the annual Bridlington Agricultural Society Dance came to an end and only three hours later, a policeman reported seeing flames rising from the roof.

The building was completely gutted - with dangerous parts of the building demolished soon after.

The council immediately agreed to rebuild the Royal Hall and although there was a delay until June 8 before work began, it was only 52 days later, on July 30, that the new Spa Royal Hall - with a few rough edges yet to be completed - was reopened.

The Hall saw hugely popular events hosted every year, with dancing bringing holidaymakers back year after year.

In the 60s the Royal Hall attracted the cream of the rock and pop world, with The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Animals - amongst others - proving memorable events.

This trend continued during the 70s and 80s with musicians such as David Bowie and The Clash playing the Royal Hall, along with comedians such as Les Dawson and Ken Dodd.

The Royal Hall was closed when the Spa was refurbished in January 2006, and reopened on May 31 2008.