Clare hall chalks up a century

CELEBRATING A CENTURY: From left, Amy Sutarz, 12, Harry Copsey, 14, Zach Hawkins, 11, and Connor Bevan, 11, took sentre stage at Clare Town Hall.
CELEBRATING A CENTURY: From left, Amy Sutarz, 12, Harry Copsey, 14, Zach Hawkins, 11, and Connor Bevan, 11, took sentre stage at Clare Town Hall.
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CLARE celebrated 100 years of its town hall on Saturday with an exhibition and performances from local groups.

The town’s WI singers and Kid Cads – a group of performers from Clare Amateur Dramatic Society – were joined by Stour Valley Community School’s choir and orchestra on stage as visitors enjoyed stalls, a history exhibition and refreshments.

One of the main attractions was a new Clare choir, which performed its first ever concert.

Musical director Nigel Partridge said: “We have had four rehearsals and about 45 people have turned up so far.

The choir, which meets twice a month at Stour Valley Community School, sang for 15 minutes at the centenary.

“They were a bit apprehensive, but I think the sooner you perform the sooner you have achieved something,” said Mr Partridge.

Olive Smith, Combined Halls of Clare trustee, said: “It was a successful day. The idea was to show the halls off to Clare people and raise the profile of the town hall and the Old School Community Centre.”

She added that the event had secured some new bookings for the facilities.