Part of Wythenshawe Hall was reopened to the public at the weekend, three months after a fire which which caused devastating damage to the building.
— Wythenshawe Hall (@WythenshaweHall) June 12, 2016
Firefighters who helped save the building cut the ribbon on the Tenant’s Hall on Sunday when local people enjoyed entertainment and fun at an open day to mark the occasion, organised by the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall.
The event was part of the nationwide Big Lunch initiative which has been celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
Richard Jackson, Chairman of the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall and an ancestor of the Tatton family who owned the historic Tudor building, praised the tremendous support from the local community, especially the town’s school children, who have raised cash to help restore the building to its former glory.
Local people and FOWH members dressed in Tudor finery were entertained at the grand re-opening by performances from an opera singer, pianist, court jester and the Ukuhelee Band.
Since the fire, the friends’ group have continued their monthly public open days undeterred from the nearby Courtyard Café, but the ambition was to return to the property as soon as possible.