Campaign to save Chorley dance hall

SUPPORT: Campaigners at the hall
SUPPORT: Campaigners at the hall
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A former British ballroom champion is spearheading a campaign to save a dance hall from the bulldozer.

Ann Freeman, who runs her weekly Dance Moves classes at the St John Ambulance Hall, Fleet Street, Chorley, fears the building could be lost under new Chorley Council town centre redevelopment plans.

She said: “We need a large dance floor to operate, so relocation is not an alternative and I’m not aware of a floor of similar size that is available on weekly basis. This is a thriving leisure outlet which would have to close.”

Ann is also a world bronze medallist winner who said she wanted “to give something back to Chorley with a professional dance school with a warm atmosphere”.

Dance Moves, which has around 100 members aged from 18 to 80, runs classes at all levels. Its summer ball sold out in 72 hours with people coming from all over the county.

A Chorley Council spokesperson said: “The council held a consultation for people to put forward their views about the masterplan and these will all be taken into consideration before any decisions are made.

“Although the consultation has ended people are welcome to send their views to the authority. We will be pleased to hear from them.”