Monday, 16 September 2013

Your dancing days...

As part of Leicester's Heritage Open Days yesterday I visited The Secular Hall on Humberstone Gate. It's the kind of building that we walk past everyday, forgetting to look up at and appreciate. It's drenched in a history of radicalism and free thinkers but I must admit my main motivation was to get inside the place where some of you said you drank, dance and for John and Annie Moran, even met your wives and husbands to be. The Hall was actually a key part of the dancing scene in the 1950's and 60's

In you go...

Up the stairs...

Nearly there...
and dance!

You may have popped in here to touch up your hair and lipstick...

...or even sat on one of these Gimson benches to rest your feet in between dances.

I don't know if my own parents ever went dancing at The Secular Hall but I got a lump in my throat walking up those steps thinking that they might have done.

Did you or your parents ever dance here?

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