Last week we were approached by Nick Smale, Marketing Manager for The Met in Bury, who wondered whether we had any historic images of The Met building under its former name, The Derby Hall. Nick informed us that The Met refurbishment is almost complete and thought that some framed pictures of the original interior of the building would look fabulous on the walls of the newly transformed theatre.
We came across this magnificent image of a group of gentleman, dressed in their finery, getting ready to dine in The Derby Hall. The wording on the reverse of the image states that the picture was taken in 1910 and the event is described as ‘Lord Derby’s Rent Dinner’. Lord Derby is seated at the top table underneath the balcony with a plant and menu in front of him; he’s the one with the darker hair and suit!
We’ve produced a copy of the photograph and, along with images of the original plans of the building from 1849, are ready for Nick to collect. We can’t wait to see them framed on the walls of The Met when it reopens in a few weeks’ time.