Thanks to the hundreds of people who came along to the various events and make our re-opening week such a success.  Here are some of the highlights...

Maryhill Burgh Halls officially re-opened last week - with the descendants of many of those who attended the original opening in 1878 in attendance, 134 years to the day.

Andrew Robertson, Great-great Grandson of the Provost who originally opened the building in 1878, Fiona Hyslop MSP, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Cultural and External Affairs, Irene Scott, Chair of Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust, and Glasgow’s First Citizen, the Rt Hon the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Bob Winter cut the cake using the original ceremonial silver key first used to open the Burgh Halls 134 years ago to the day.

Maryhill celebrated the official re-opening of its much-loved Burgh Halls buildings with a series of free events celebrating its rebirth as a community hall, business centre, nursery, cafe, exhibition and recording studio spaces.  

Events included a free lunchtime concert with award-winning classical musicians, an open rehearsal featuring Glasgow Orchestral Society, a free tea dance in the Hall, a party organised for young people from nearby East Park, a formal evening opening ceremony, and a free public Open Day with tours, talks, music, performance, dance and ceramic workshops, and even a vintage fire engine in attendance.

The open day included a performance with award-winning singer Maeve McKinnon, accompanied by children from two local primary schools, as well as local adults, singing songs about the trades depicted in the historic stained glass windows. 

Several hundred people from Maryhill and beyond were welcomed to the historic buildings for these events.

 

Monday's Free Lunchtime Concert

Featuring:
Barbara Downie, Violin, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Havilland Willshire, Piano, Dean of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and
Jamie MacDougall, Voice, Presenter BBC Scotland

Featuring:Barbara Downie, Violin, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,Havilland Willshire, Piano, Dean of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, andJamie MacDougall, Voice, Presenter BBC Scotland

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Tuesday's Free Tea Dance with Willie and Anne

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Thursday Evening's Re-opening Ceremony

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Saturday's Open Day 

 

Building tours, music 
performances, exhibitions, talks, activities, ceramics workshops, demonstrations, plus vintage and modern fire engines on display.

The day included the Songs of the Trades Choir Performance -  Featuring award-winning singer Maeve McKinnon - a concert comprising 2 local schools and a community singing group, with a selection of songs entirely a-Capella in English, Scots and Gaelic.

 

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Some of the press coverage for the events...

BBC News: Revamped Burgh Halls Set to ReOpen
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-17853013 

Evening Times: Social hub reopens after £9.2m renovation
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/social-hub-reopens-after-92m-renovation-historic-burgh-hall-is-set-to-serve-maryhill.17409196 

BBC Radio Scotland: Good Morning Scotland

Halls Manager Melanie Farrow and Andrew Robertson, great-great-grandson of the Provost of Maryhill that first opened the building in 1878, on Good Morning Scotland (feature appears approx. 54 mins in):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01ghg1c/Good_Morning_Scotland_26_04_2012/ 

 

Maryhill Burgh Halls in 1908:


Maryhill Burgh Halls in 2012:


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