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Now the beat is to the noise of demolition workers making way for anew £13.7m leisure complex to be completed before the end of 2014.
There to see the end of an era and the start of an exciting new future for the site was Gwili Lewis, 92, who managed the hall during its 60s and 70s hay day welcoming The Beatles several times – performing for £15 for the night – The Hollies, Animals, Tom Jones, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Ben E King, Jimmy Ruffin and a glorious list of stars.
Gwili admitted to feelings of personal sadness about the demolition but expressed hope that the new leisure complex with its swimming pool, dance studio, gym and cultural facilities would give pleasure to the Northwich Community for many years to come.
The Memorial Court complex will provide a swimming pool, learner pool, flume, spa, 80-station gym and dance studio – creating the premier cultural venue in the east of the borough and transforming an area of tired derelict appearance to an important link to the riverside.
A commemorative garden to the dead of two world wars and public space is included in the plan to respect the history of the Memorial Hall.