A COMMUNITY group is appealing to the public to share their memories of a historic Winsford building.

The vacant Top Ten Bingo hall – a former drilling hall – in Dingle Lane was recently listed as an asset of community value (ACV).

In February an online petition, which has gained almost 1400 signatures, was created in support of the council’s application.

Open Winsford, the community group behind the petition, has now arranged a collecting exhibition in Winsford Library during the whole of June.

A spokesman for Open Winsford said: “It was plain to see, with the hundreds of supportive comments on the Drill Hall petition that Open Winsford launched earlier this year, that many of our residents have personal memories and stories about how this building has played a part in their lives.

“In locally listing it, Cheshire West and Chester Council agrees with us that Winsford Drill Hall is an important part of our local history.

“This living history needs to be gathered for the benefit of future generations as well as helping to create a compelling case for its value to our community today.”

The historic building was raised as a military recruitment and training hall at the turn of the 1900s.

It has experienced many incarnations over the years, including a skating rink, picture house, dance hall and more recently, a bingo hall.

Open Winsford are asking for information, over any period of the former drill hall’s existence.

Any photographs, documents, etc, will be copied and returned.

For more information visit facebook.com/openwinsford