Happy birthday book for the City Hall

Chipping House, off Abbeydale Road''Submitted Sid Wetherill, 19 Raleigh Road, S2 3AZ

Chipping House, off Abbeydale Road''Submitted Sid Wetherill, 19 Raleigh Road, S2 3AZ

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A BOOK has been published to celebrate the City Hall’s 80th birthday and one very special woman has been the first to read it.

Carole Procter was the first person to buy the 80th Birthday Book about the history of Sheffield’s City Hall, though she’s probably the last person who needs to read it.

Carole, 63 – from Darnall – is a City Hall aficionado – she’s been dancing there since the 1960s and has worked there for 27 years as a booking agent.

“I loved reading the book and enjoyed reading the customers and stewards’ memories.

“They didn’t think Bob Dylan would sell out as they hadn’t heard of him, I’m sure they do now,” she said.

“I couldn’t believe the ticket prices either – 12 shillings and six pence, that’s 62 and a half pence – compared to the prices now that’s nothing.”

And although she has been dubbed ‘part of the furniture’ by City Hall staff, she never tires of the building or her job.

“I just love it. It’s a beautiful building and I love working here. There are no two days the same and you meet all sorts.”

But her fondest memory of working at the City Hall dates back to the early 90s, when a young, handsome Richard Clayderman was scheduled to play a piano concert.

“It was an expensive show – tickets were £17.50 and we had this lovely grand piano tuned and ready for him.

“We were sat there one afternoon and all I could hear was this ‘ker plunk, ker plunk’ I couldn’t see but I thought ‘I’m going to have a lot of complaints after this show if that’s all the audience will get’.

“Anyway, it turned out it was one of the winos from the Peace Gardens who had snuck in through the back door. It was so funny.”

Written by local author Neil Anderson, the birthday book takes in the City Hall’s patrons, its patrons, as well as its highs and lows.

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