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Piece Hall traders bank on new home

Official Opening of The Old Bank, Silver Street, where some ex-Piece Hall traders are now based.
Mayer of Calderdale Ann Martin cuts the ribbon.

Official Opening of The Old Bank, Silver Street, where some ex-Piece Hall traders are now based. Mayer of Calderdale Ann Martin cuts the ribbon.

Piece Hall traders turfed out when refurbishments of the historic building at the start of the year have found a new home in Halifax town centre.

The former TSB Bank on Silver Street has been taken over by three of the traders to create a mini shopping arcade known as The Old Bank.

Traders were asked to move out by Calderdale Council so work could begin on the £19 million transformation of the listed building.

At the time traders were worried about where they would go and some, including the book shop which was auctioned off, have gone out of business.

Others have managed to find premises elsewhere but Maria’s Stamps, Red Patch (offering jigsaws and puzzles), Serendipity (teddies, dolls and dolls houses­) and Three Bags Full (knitting) all pitched in to create The Old Bank.

Kath Kilburn of Three Bags Full said: “There are four shops (all run by former Piece Hall traders) within the building, making it a mini-arcade. Three are in the cleverly divided front area and one, my own, uses three back offices including the former bank manager’s office, complete with beautiful ceiling, wood panelling and original fireplace.

“I’m sure many local people would like to see how the building has been treated and made suitable for retail purposes.”

The arcade was formally opened by Mayor of Calderdale Ann Martin who welcomed the initiative of the traders.

Stephanie Burgess, of Serendipity, said: “It’s a unique shopping experience in a unique building.

“It was a group of us who were there together and wanted to make the most of it. We would like to welcome all our old and new customers to come along and see what’s on offer.”

The Piece Hall is due to reopen in 2016 with improved units and courtyard.

 

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