Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cosgrove Hall Court - remembering a legacy

Brian Cosgrove cutting the ribbon
It is Thursday 6th Februry 2014 and miraculously,  a relatively sunny though windy day, and the rain held off till later.
We are at Cosgrove Hall Court, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester and people are gathering together for rather a special event.
What is the significance of Cosgrove Hall, one might say?
Anyone who has heard of iconic children's films like Chorlton and the Wheelies, will have unwittingly have heard of Chorlton.
Anyone who has heard of Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, The BFG may not be aware that these were all made by Cosgrove Hall studios, in the centre of Chorlton, until 2009 when the company of Cosgrove Hall ceased to exist and the studios were vacated. I should say that Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick are now live and well and based in nearby Didsbury, and Brian Cosgrove, one of the founders of Cosgrove Hall, is still very much involved.
McCarthy and Stone, developers and builders, bought the old studio and demolished it in 2012. Since that time, they have developed Cosgrove Hall Court, a block of apartments specifically designed for retirement living.
People are gathering because this is a very special event. 
A plaque in memory of the work of Cosgrove Hall Studios is to be unveiled by Brian Cosgrove, in the presence of the Court's home owners and guests. Among those attending is the widow of co-founder, Mark Hall.  Also attending are Peter Topping, artist, Andrew Simpson, historian, and John Leech MP.
Hardy Productions UK, who filmed the GLAD TO BE IN CHORLTON - Opening of Exhibition of "Chorlton-Cum-Hardy The Story" at the site in September 2012, were delighted to be invited back to film the unveiling of the plaque. This latest film can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhnJEWH-_jg.

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