Newcastle City Hall saved

The historic music venue has been saved from council budget cuts, after bosses at the Theatre Royal agreed to take it over.

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  1. Ben Chapman, Business Correspondent

Newcastle City Hall saved from closure

Newcastle's historic music venue, the City Hall, has been saved from closure. The City Council has only confirmed that it is 'in talks' with the Theatre Royal Trust about the possibility of taking over the management of the venue.

But I understand proposals will be put to councillors tomorrow that will confirm its future.

Around 13,000 people signed a petition calling for the venue to be saved from council budget cuts. The group behind that campaign has "tentatively" welcomed the development, but wants further guarantees from the council.

"We would like a firm guarantee that live music programming will form the major part of Newcastle City Hall's contribution to the city's cultural life. We would also like to see staff from the City Hall given a guarantee of continuing employment."

– North East Music History spokesman

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