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Screen star Fox lends support to Harrogate Royal Hall restoration

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Actor Edward Fox has pledged his support to the campaign to restore Harrogate’s Royal Hall by visiting the Yorkshire spa town to publicise the scheme.

Designed by Frank Matcham and built in 1903, it has hosted a wide range of performers from Elgar to The Beatles. Structural damage forced it to close in 2001 but thanks to campaigners from the Royal Hall Restoration Trust and £8 million in grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Harrogate Council, its future is now assured.

Said Fox: “The venue was designed by the great theatrical architect Frank Matcham and is absolutely unique. It plays a fascinating part in our social history and it is vital that we preserve it for future generations.”

Fox’s grandfather Samson was mayor of Harrogate and is credited as being a major inspiration for the building of the Royal Hall.

Trust chairman Lilian Mina said: “We still need at least £1 million to restore the magnificent interior to its original ornate and gilded splendour. We are enormously grateful for Edward’s help. He has taken a huge personal interest in our campaign and given us wonderful support throughout.”