By Ian Dipple Wednesday 11 September 2013 Updated: 11/09 16:36
A STANDING ovation from a sold out Palace Theatre marked the end of a day of celebrations to recognise the Alcester Street venue's centenary.
More than 400 people packed into the theatre to enjoy the special Centenary Celebration Show showcasing music throughout the decades of the Palace's 100 year existence, performed by members of Redditch, Astwood Bank and Studley Operatic Societies, Alcester Music Theare Company and The Harlequins.
Earlier in the day visitors had been treated to a range of activities including face painting, magic tricks, puppet shows, live music and tours of the Edwardian building. Redditch Local History Society staged an exhibition of photographs and memories of the Palace through the years while there were also specially produced pieces of art by NEW College students on display.
Crowds also enjoyed a number of street theatre performances put on by members of the Palace Youth Theatre near St Stephen's Church.
Paul Hughes, the theatre's press officer, said: "The atmosphere was electric and all the local groups that performed did the Palace proud."
Council leader Bill Hartnett added: "It was a fitting way to mark 100 years."
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