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End of an era for Hall Green Greyhound Stadium

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It's the end of an era for Hall Green Greyhound Stadium which is being demolished to make way for a housing estate.

One of Birmingham's famous greyhound racing tracks, which has been around for almost 90 years, has been suffering from dwindling attendances.

Following planning permission being granted to Euro Property Investments to demolish the stadium and built up to 210 new houses.

It was originally expected to close in August 2018 but it will host its last dog race today (July 29).

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We are sad to announce that, due to financial circumstances, Hall Green will close for business after the race meeting on Saturday July 29.

The landlord has also confirmed that he will be exercising the break clause in the lease.

Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service has also been concerned with the uncertainty and have decided to relocate the fixtures to Perry Barr.

With these significant changes, we have no option but to take the decision to cease business.

Our trainers will be offered the opportunity to move to Perry Barr, our staff have been advised and we are starting consultation with them.

– Chief executive Clive Feltham

The stadium opened in 1927 as the first greyhound track in Birmingham and hosted speedway races between 1928 and 1938.

Around 200 staff are employed there but it is not known if any of them will be able to transfer over to the sister site in Perry Barr.

The Greyhound Trust is also appealing to the public for help after the shock announcement of the closure.

The charity says it will be working closely with the owners and trainers to support the transition of any greyhounds retiring, but they need more help.

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Maybe you are considering adding a greyhound to your family, or could assist volunteering at one of our branches, could make a donation or become Friend of the Trust supporting our work with a donation each month? There are lots of ways anyone wishing to help greyhounds can support our work and we would love to hear from you.

– Greyhound Trust Chief Executive Lisa Morris-Tomkins