Stage is set for grand re-opening of the Spa

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SCARBOROUGH’S Spa Grand Hall will open its doors at 7pm tonight following a huge £6.5 million refurbishment.

The year-long project has seen a major redevelopment of the Grade II listed Victorian concert hall, reception areas and offices.

Communication systems, air conditioning and technical equipment have also been upgraded.

Tonight’s offical re-launch will feature a performance by the world-famous Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra.

Jo Ager, the Spa’s sales development manager, said: “It’s looking great and we can’t wait to get the doors open.

“The chairs are out, the carpet is down and there are just some final bits of cleaning to be done.

“It’s going to be a fantastic evening.”

She added that it will be a busy few days as there is also a conference coming in next week for the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners.

The excavation of the Grand Hall’s new basement turned up some new evidence of the site’s rich heritage.

Contractors found material from the previous buildings which shows the site has been in constant change since the discovery of the Spa waters.

Scarborough’s spa water was first discovered in 1620 and the first Spa building was built by 1700.

It was replaced by the larger Georgian saloon in 1739.

The building was later rebranded as the Spa Complex in 1827 after it was sold to the Cliff Bridge Company who built a footbridge linking the Spa and the town.