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Hornsea Floral Hall taken over by community group

Floral Hall
Image caption Hornsea's Floral Hall is in its 100th year

A community hall in East Yorkshire has been taken over by campaigners who fought to save it from demolition.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council said last year it wanted to destroy Hornsea's Floral Hall and replace it with a car park.

The decision sparked protests and after seeing a business plan from a community group the council changed its mind and agreed they could take it over.

The transfer was finalised on Tuesday after 12 months of negotiations.

Richard Carmichael, chairman of the Floral Hall, said: "We now hope that the Floral Hall will have a prosperous future and, in this the venue's centenary, we look forward to a new era and the next 100 years."

Council leader Stephen Parnaby said: "It has been a real pleasure to work with such an enthusiastic group of people and we wish them every success in taking the Floral Hall forward."

The Floral Hall was built in 1911 by local family firm J K Barr & Sons and opened to the public on 7 July 1913.

It continues to host weekly events including dances, fairs and festivals.

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