Posted On: 24 Oct 2017

It’s full steam ahead for a new travel partnership between The Piece Hall and Grand Central Rail, which was announced today [Wednesday 25 October] with a packed day of activities, designed to turn travellers’ heads when passing through Kings Cross Station in London. 

Members of The Piece Hall Trust team headed south to stop commuters in their tracks with a taster of events that often take place at Halifax’s number one heritage attraction, such as children's craft activities, a performance from Halifax-born poet Jemima Foxtrot and a demonstration from local artist Jake Attree.

The activity marked the launch of Grand Central as Piece Hall’s official travel partner, in which it will work with the heritage attraction to attract visitors to the last remaining cloth hall in the UK and an architectural marvel, where they can enjoy a packed events programme and visit dozens of independent shops.

Nicky Chance Thompson, Chief Executive for The Piece Hall Trust, commented: “This is a really exciting new partnership with Grand Central, a company as dedicated as we are to sharing far and wide the brilliance of not just The Piece Hall but the whole of Halifax and Calderdale. Since we re-opened in August we have welcomed over half a million people through our gates, many of whom have come from outside the region to see our truly unique building.  So it is exciting to be working with Grand Central to reach those that may not realise quite how easy it is to visit us here. We know that it’s a destination worth jumping on a train for.”

As part of the event, commuters were also encouraged to enter a competition to win a weekend in Halifax this Christmas and to get into the spirit of the iconic heritage location with the help of props and a selfie station, donning Georgian hats and bonnets before posing in a bespoke frame.

Richard McClean, Managing Director at Grand Central Rail, added: “We are delighted to support Piece Hall. As a company we are closely bound to the communities that we serve and are always looking for ways in which we can support them. As the only cloth hall of its kind in the UK, Piece Hall has something unique to offer visitors and we hope that people will make the most of our services and visit Piece Hall and all that is characteristic of the region.”  

Grand Central will also sponsor the Elves Workshops as part of Piece Hall’s Christmas programme from 25 November – 23 December, supporting the creative activities so integral to The Piece Hall experience for young visitors.

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