55 years ago this morning...

FW2

Member
Horrible. Bless them all.

I went to the talk at Base Camp on Monday (the one Robert was flogging like a dead horse on here 😁) about the architectural heritage of Middlesbrough’s buildings and there was one story which has stayed with me. Apparently the initial plans for the town hall were changed a couple of months after their initial submission - this was after the disaster at Victoria Hall in Sunderland in 1883. There was some sort of school / children’s prize giving ceremony and at one point the kids were invited on to the stage to claim a prize - there was a massive stampede and 183 were killed. One hundred and eighty-three children. And I had never even heard of this.

This led to the entrance / steps being added to our town hall on the Corporation Road side.
 

zzzzz

Well-known member
Horrible. Bless them all.

I went to the talk at Base Camp on Monday (the one Robert was flogging like a dead horse on here 😁) about the architectural heritage of Middlesbrough’s buildings and there was one story which has stayed with me. Apparently the initial plans for the town hall were changed a couple of months after their initial submission - this was after the disaster at Victoria Hall in Sunderland in 1883. There was some sort of school / children’s prize giving ceremony and at one point the kids were invited on to the stage to claim a prize - there was a massive stampede and 183 were killed. One hundred and eighty-three children. And I had never even heard of this.

This led to the entrance / steps being added to our town hall on the Corporation Road side.
Echos of Heysel.
Horrific
 

Norman_Conquest

Well-known member
Horrible. Bless them all.

I went to the talk at Base Camp on Monday (the one Robert was flogging like a dead horse on here 😁) about the architectural heritage of Middlesbrough’s buildings and there was one story which has stayed with me. Apparently the initial plans for the town hall were changed a couple of months after their initial submission - this was after the disaster at Victoria Hall in Sunderland in 1883. There was some sort of school / children’s prize giving ceremony and at one point the kids were invited on to the stage to claim a prize - there was a massive stampede and 183 were killed. One hundred and eighty-three children. And I had never even heard of this.

This led to the entrance / steps being added to our town hall on the Corporation Road side.
I had heard that before, my mother loved history and would regale all kinds of interesting stories to us as kids.

As for Abefan, I remember my mum crying whilst listening to the radio. Very sad indeed.
 

HarryVegas

Well-known member
Horrible. Bless them all.

I went to the talk at Base Camp on Monday (the one Robert was flogging like a dead horse on here 😁) about the architectural heritage of Middlesbrough’s buildings and there was one story which has stayed with me. Apparently the initial plans for the town hall were changed a couple of months after their initial submission - this was after the disaster at Victoria Hall in Sunderland in 1883. There was some sort of school / children’s prize giving ceremony and at one point the kids were invited on to the stage to claim a prize - there was a massive stampede and 183 were killed. One hundred and eighty-three children. And I had never even heard of this.

This led to the entrance / steps being added to our town hall on the Corporation Road side.
Yes, there's a criminally bad William 'Topaz' MacGonagall poem about it (which I won't reproduce here!)
 

Low_Key

Well-known member
"Newspaper reports at the time triggered a mood of national outrage and the resulting inquiry led to legislation that public entertainment venues be fitted with a minimum number of outward opening emergency exits,[2] which led to the invention of "push bar" emergency doors.[10] This law still remains in force.[2]"

this from the Victoria Hall wiki. absolute tragedy's both of them
 
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