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Byline: By CATHERINE JONES Culture Reporter

STORIES and memories about Liverpool's grandest civic building form the heart of a new exhibition which opens today.

St George's Hall and I features the reminiscences of dozens of people who have passed through its doors over the years.

The grade I listed landmark, described as the city's most important heritage building, has a fond place in many Liverpudlians' hearts.

Over 150 years most people have a story to tell about the hall be it concerts, court cases, vigils or cup parades.

Hall curator Julia Carder, who came up with the idea for the exhibition, said: "If you stand in the reception area and chat to people as they come in they start telling you about the last time they were in the hall, or stories about it, and I thought it would be nice to collect these.

"The overall impression is one of real affection."

The display has only been able to show a selection of them any stories and memories about the hall and its cast of characters, but others can be heard on special sound recordings.

And Ms Carder also hopes people will be spurred to fill out memory cards with their own recollections.

Those on display include one man whose uncle was in court charged with stealing cigars. He recalls: "He was acquitted.

He celebrated by handing everyone in the court a cigar."

There are also images brought up to date with the Viennese Balls and La Machine.

St George's Hall and I runs in the heritage centre until November 14.

catherinejones@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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ON THE WALL: Julia Carder at St George's Hall with the exhibition St George's Hall and I. Picture: TRACEY O'NEILL
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 23, 2008
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