Saturday, 18 September 2010

Doors open!

Today was Doors Open Day, we checked out the marvel that is the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. Opening in the late 1850's, this was the place to go for entertainment. Comedy, theatre, cinema, carnival, wax works and at one point it even housed a zoo! It also holds the rather impressive claim that Stan Laurel made his stage debut here. The music hall closed in 1938, and a charitable trust are currently trying to restore and reopen this amazing venue. Today Victorian and Edwardian outfits were on display, including some very fetching swimming gear, and a flapper inspired wedding dress.
Old films were shown and there were some very interesting posters on display.
Tickets for the bearded lady anyone? A walk along to St Andrews in the Square led us to some interesting street decoration. We finished off the day out with food and a couple of music purchases. The perfect accompaniment to fuzzy felt folk is casting on herringbone rib socks in bargain grey sock wool.

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