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Council secures final funding for Leeds hall revamp

The Heritage Lottery Fund will inject more than £2.7 million into a scheme to renovate one of the oldest music halls in the country, the Leeds City Varieties.

The grant will go into a pot for the £9.2 million refurbishment project, work on which is now expected to start in April.

Leeds City Council leader Andrew Carter said: "We’re very pleased to have the support of the Fund to help us with our ambition to restore this much-loved music hall back to its former glory."

The council will fund £5.2 million of the scheme, with a further £1.3 million contributed by the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House.

Work will include the restoration of the auditorium, improved stage and backstage facilities and the installation of a public lift to serve all levels of the auditorium.

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