The rebirth of Ashton Old Baths as a high-tech business incubator is to be celebrated with an outdoor audio-visual event.
At 7.30pm on Saturday, March 19, the spectacular free event entitled New Beginnings will unfold outside the Grade II listed landmark in Henry Square. Digital projections will combine with choreographed dancing and a thematic soundtrack.
No tickets are needed, just turn up and watch. The story of Ashton Old Baths, which spans 146 years, will be told through the interwoven audio-visual acts in an action packed 45-minute display.
Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick, Tameside Council's First Deputy who has chaired the project board to renovate the building, said:
"Bringing Ashton Old Baths back into use is a significant achievement and I am really proud of the way in which the council, working with partners including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Placefirst, AGMA, and the European Regional Development Agency have breathed life back into this fantastic building.
The celebration event on Saturday, March 19, is the culmination of years of hard work and determination and I know the community will be as fascinated as I am to see it to see the displays."
Ashton Old Baths was built in 1870 in the Italianate style. It functioned as a swimming pool until 1975. It lay derelict until 2013 when Tameside Council and Place First secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund to restore and renovate the building.
Tameside Council has organised the celebratory event using Heritage Lottery Fund and AGMA arts resources. Stone Soup served as creative producers, detailing and delivering the innovative concept.
Steve Southern Associates will provide a display of digital projections on to the side of the building. Media City's Gas Music has composed a complementary soundtrack comprising 11 original scores. Nearly 200 members of local dance groups will perform.