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Cornwall Coliseum demolition date

By 15th October 2014

Cornwall Coliseum demolition date

From Jimmy Page and Robert Plant to Johnny Cash and Bon Jovi, the Cornwall Coliseum brought many top names into St Austell.
But it’s now the end of an era as Commercial Estates Group (CEG), the developer behind a multi-million pound development scheme at Carlyon Bay, have put up a site notice for the final demolition of the building.
CEG has applied to Cornwall Council for permission to demolish the Coliseum and adjacent buildings on Crinnis Beach, starting in late February.
Demolition is expected to take around 10 weeks, which will include clearing the area in preparation for construction of the Beach development to commence.
The demolition will be subject to the council approving ‘reserved matters’ which are due to be submitted in November.
Jacky Swain, site manager, said: “The Coliseum represents a special slice of history for thousands of people and holds many happy memories for those who attended the incredible big name concerts and festivals.
“The building had fallen into disrepair by the time we acquired the site and we’re pleased to finally be in a position to respond to requests for it to go.
“Its removal will be an iconic moment for St Austell but brings the reality of a new world-class development, with all its associated benefits for the town, into focus.”
Tom French, Cornwall Councillor for St Austell Bay area, said: “Having had many meetings with CEG, local interest groups and Cornwall Council officials to try to bring about the demolition of the Coliseum and tidying up of the site, I am delighted to note that this demolition notice has been submitted.
“I hope the demolition will go ahead on time in the early spring so that CEG can offer public access to a much-improved beach experience next summer.”
The Cornwall Coliseum, formerly the New Cornish Riviera Lido, first opened its doors in the 1960s, bringing in some major musical artists of the time including Procol Harum, Herman’s Hermits and The Kinks.
With each performance generally a sell-out gig, the complex became a premier venue in the area.
The 70s, which saw the venue go through two name changes to Cornish Leisure World and then Cornwall Coliseum, saw performances from The Clash, The Jam, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Rainbow and Cliff Richard.
During the 80s, the venue played host to the Radio One roadshows and in 1986, Alison Moyet recorded the music video for her single Is This Love? outside the Coliseum and on the beach.
David Hyslop, 59, has fond memories of the Coliseum, working there for seven years until the doors closed for the last time in 2002.
He told the Voice: “My best memory of my time at the Coliseum has to be meeting Debbie Harry from Blondie. Other fond memories include many great nights in the club where everyone knew everyone.”
As well as being a music destination, there was also a nightclub known variously as Beelzebub, Bentleys, Quasars and lastly Gossips.
David, who worked as assistant manger to Sally Bragg and then as manager when Sally left, remembers Gary Barlow playing at the venue, which had a capacity of 4,000 people.
He said: “We’d only sold about 80 tickets and there was major panic. We got to a point where we just needed bums on seats so we all rallied around trying to get all our mates to come to fill the place.
“I think we managed to get around 250 people through the doors in the end. When Gary came on stage he said ‘I know there’s not many of you here but you’ve all paid your money’ and he played his full set. But in actual fact hardly anyone had paid money — they were mostly friends we’d managed to persuade into coming for free.”
David also remembers Daniel O’Donnell playing in the Coliseum when, due to such high demand, they had to get extra people on the switchboard to sell the tickets.
An application to erect a bat house at Polgaver Beach to provide an alternative habitat for any bats which which may be roosting in the Coliseum building has also been submitted.
The design and specification has been developed by ecologists and this will provide appropriate mitigation and complement the use of Polgaver as a managed ecological areal.

By 15th October 2014

Ali 4th February 2015 16:02
It didn´t go through two name changes in the 70s. There were two arms to the business and each had its own name. The beach and leisure activities comprised ´Cornish Leisure World´ while the concert venue within that site was the ´Cornwall Coliseum´.
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