Wythenshawe Hall begins to rise from the ashes as the Tenants Hall is set to be re-opened
March when a fire damaged Part of Wythenshawe Hall will be re-opened to the public, just months after the devastating fire which ripped through the building.
Firefighters, who played a crucial part in saving the historic building will cut the ribbon to re-open the Tenants Hall on Sunday, 12 June.
The Tudor property has been completely closed to the public since March when a fire damaged a large part of the original building.
Since the fire, the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall 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.
The majority of the property remains closed to the public for repair, but the historic Tenants Hall will be opened officially for the first time with help from Manchester Fire and Rescue officer who played a crucial part in saving the property.
The open day – from midday until 4pm – will be part of The Big Lunch initiative organised nationally by the Eden Project. So take the opportunity to picnic with your neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
Entertainment will include a Punch and Judy show, the impressive voice of Scarlett Soprano and live music from the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band and the Ukuhelee Band.
Admission to the event is free but donations are welcome.
Paul Selby, Vice Chair of the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall Group, said: “We have been itching to get back in the hall since the fire and although the Tenants Hall is only a small section of the property, Sunday truly represents the ambition of everyone involved to get the hall open to the public as soon as we can.
“We will continue with our open days each month and we’d like to invite the whole of Manchester to come along and see the treasure that is Wythenshawe Hall right in your back garden.”
Cllr Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Slowly but surely the Hall is being restored. Opening the Tenants Hall is a statement of intent and although the rest of the hall will remain closed for some time yet, I would urge anyone who has not seen this remarkable building to make some time this weekend and see for yourself.”