Old hall to be given send-off

Cromwell Memorial Hall. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Cromwell Memorial Hall. PHOTO: ODT FILES
The date is set for the Cromwell Memorial Hall’s final hurrah.

On Monday, April 29 — four days after Anzac Day is commemorated at the existing hall and parade grounds one last time — the hall will be officially farewelled to make way for a new multipurpose facility to be built on the site.

A dawn blessing and waiata will be conducted by iwi, signifying the first light of a new day and era for Cromwell and the wider Central Otago district.

Official speeches from dignitaries will follow, including Cromwell Community Board chairwoman Anna Harrison, former Cromwell mayor Peter Mead (1980-86) and Cromwell RSA president Denis Ryan.

The project to build a new hall and event centre in Cromwell was approved by the Central Otago District Council in February, and Naylor Love was awarded the demolition and construction contract.

The original hall, built in 1959, will be demolished next month.

Ms Harrison said it was important people, many who had a long association with the hall, could say goodbye.

"Since it was built in 1960, the hall has been focal point in Cromwell and served the community well. Now the time has come to replace it with a new facility that is fit for purpose and future-proofed, for a growing population and a greater range of activities," she said.

 - Sunrise is at 7.36am. People are welcome to attend and should aim to arrive 10 to 15 minutes beforehand.