Gwyn Hall exceeds all expectations

18 December 2012

THE Gwyn Hall is exceeding all expectations since it threw its doors open six months ago.

Councillor Alun Thomas

More people have visited the hall, which was ravaged by fire in 2007, than initially expected.

Visitor figures have revealed that during the past six months almost 44,000 have benefited from the new state-of-the-art facilities.

The new Gwyn Hall incorporates a traditional auditorium theatre, 3D digital cinema, multipurpose studio as well as a café-bistro and interval bar. There are facilities for conferences and other corporate events.

An exciting and diverse programme of events has been developed with acts such as Cerys Matthews and violinist Andre Rieu being the first to perform at the venue, which is managed by Celtic Community Leisure.

Neath Port Talbot Council leader Ali Thomas said this council committed to rebuild this much loved building and it has been a long and complicated road.

"However, to see that the visitor figures for the first six months exceeded all expectations is very encouraging," he said. "During the re-building of the venue, the Authority respected the tradition and history of the building but we have been able to provide a truly modern arts and cultural venue which will inspire generations to come.

"The hard work of everyone involved in the Gwyn Hall is paying off and I would like to congratulate each and everyone for making the venue something that Neath residents can be proud of."

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