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  1. Cash to return Leeds Town Hall to former glory

    Clive Settle

    BBC Radio Leeds News

    One of Leeds's best-known buildings has been awarded £250,000 towards the restoration of its main auditorium.

    Leeds Town Hall

    The money for Leeds Town Hall will come from the National Lottery Heritage Fund which says the 19th Century structure has fallen into disrepair, because of environmental pollution and insensitive redecoration projects in the 1950s and 60s.

    The work will include the full restoration of the façade pipes on the organ, and some of the original decorative features, such as wall sections, columns and entrance doors. It will take place during a planned closure of the building.

    Leeds City council's Jonathan Pryor said the town hall was an "absolutely integral part of the city’s story and identity".

    He added: "It’s hugely important that we protect and preserve this beautiful example of Victorian architecture for future generations."