Friends of Rochdale Town Hall

Feb 2, 2018
Category: Boroughs

Rochdale Town Hall is a Victorian-era municipal building in Rochdale town centre. It is recognised as being one of the finest municipal buildings in the country known for its unique and detailed architecture and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building. The Town Hall functions as the ceremonial headquarters of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council and houses some local government departments, including the borough's civil registration office.

Although the majority of local government functions take place in Rochdale's Municipal Offices building, Rochdale Town Hall continues to be used for cultural and ceremonial functions. For instance it is used for the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale's mayoralty, civil registry and for formal naturalisation in British Citizenship ceremonies.

The Friends of Rochdale Town Hall (FoRTH) are a group of volunteers who raise funds to help pay for some of the upkeep which otherwise the council could not afford. The group, who are all people who are very fond of the building, have raised funds to do anything from restoring paintings to providing welcome mats for the entrances.

On 2nd February the group held a fundraising dinner at the Town Hall to raise further funds. Mrs Edith Conn OBE JP DL attended on behalf of The Lord-Lieutenant and is pictured with the group’s Patron, Sir David Trippier and his wife and The Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale, Councillor Ian and Mrs Christine Duckworth.