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The photographs on this page show the opening of the Phoenix Market Hall on October 15th 2004. The Hall was built as a temporary replacement for the historic Market Hall, destroyed by fire in May.
80-year old Mrs Elsie Houlton cuts the ribbon to open the new hall, assisted by the Mayor of Tameside, Councillor William Harrison. Elsie worked in the old market hall from the age of 14 for 65 years until 2003!
Mrs Elsie Houlton unveils the commemorative plaque, watched by Councillor Keiran Quinn.
The plaque reads: "The Phoenix Market Hall. Officially opened on Friday 15th October 2004 by Elsie Houlton, The Worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside Cllr. Bill Harrison, Executive Member for Economic Services Cllr. Keiran Quinn. The Phoenix Market Hall has been built by Tameside Council as a temporary replacement for the Market Hall, destroyed by fire on 25th May 2004."
Inside the market hall entrance, a brief opening ceremony took place. Short speeches were made by the Mayor of Tameside, Councillor William Harrison and by Councillor Keiran Quinn, Executive Member of Economic Services (centre). They are watched by the Mayoress, Councillor Pauline Harrison and by the MP for Ashton, David Heyes.
Crowds around the new market hall, seen from Fletcher Street.
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