A NEW dawn of entertainment has begun in Stourport after the official opening of the redeveloped Civic Theatre Hall.

The hall’s ownership, along with the rest of the civic centre, was transferred from Wyre Forest District Council to Stourport Town Council in April which kick-started its six-month revamp.

New light fittings throughout the building, new wiring installed, new paint work, double glazed windows and new heating systems are just a selection of the work which has helped turn the building into a modern and energy efficient space.

John Caldwell, chairman of the Civic Group, said the hard work that went into the redevelopment has paid off.

“The opening was absolutely superb,” he said.

“To see how the building started out to how it is now is amazing but we had a lot of help from the civic army who came out in force to get the building up to scratch.

“We have worked some very long days but it has been well worth it.”

The opening of the hall, which was a month behind its original planned date, featured a gig from local rock group the Barefoot Serpents, whose members were part of a team of volunteers who carried out last minute decorating work.

Mr Caldwell said: “The gig was brilliant and kicked the night off with a bang, and I mean that literally, with all the pyrotechnics that were used in their performance.

“We originally wanted to be open in time for the carnival at the start of September, but that date was put back to the 27th as it was a bit too ambitious.

“We always knew we’d set an ambitious date and as we were carrying out the work there were a few unexpected hiccups which stopped us sticking to our tight schedule.”

The future of the hall looks bright with top names in the world of entertainment, including Geordie funny man Chris Ramsey, already booked in to perform at the venue, as well as hosting choirs, musicians and conventions.

Mr Caldwell said: “Worley’s Guitar Show saw more than 3,000 people will be turning up from all over the country.

“People who come down for the shows will also be using the Severn Valley Railway and go to the safari park so it’s not just the venue that will benefit – the whole area will.

“The acts we have already booked in to perform can only bring good things for the local people who may have had to travel to a larger town or city to see the performances.

“We have some great plans and people on board, so we believe the sky’s the limit for what we can achieve.”

For more information on the Stourport venue, or how to book, visit thecivicstourport.co.uk.