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Solihull Club hears of the history of Birmingham Town Hall

By Ian Courts - Posted on 12 November 2013


 The history of the Birmingham Town Hall and the Symphony Hall was brought to life at Solihull Rotary Club's meeting recently, when Tony Mullins informed and entertained the club at one of their lunchtime meetings. Tony himself has quite a background: he was the first person to achieve The Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award; when his daughter achieved the same, they became the first father and daughter Gold Award winners! There is even a 3rd generation aiming for the Gold Award - Tony's daughters son!

The Town Hall was originally funded by a 6 penny levy on Birmingham's businesses, in order to provide a home for a music festival that was growing in importance. The Symphony Hall (and the ICC) came about because, when Bingley Hall burned down, Birmingham Council wanted something prestigious there, to go with their ideas for Broad Street, a major artery into Birmingham that at that time did the city no favours,  aesthetically. Tony recounted some anecdotes about well known people he has come into contact with in his voluntary role at Symphony Hall: as fascinating as they were, they cannot all be put into print! 

Photo by Rtn Steve Evans, Seven Star Photography

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