'It's one of the few places I can get to'
Eileen Simpson, aged 77, from Austin Street, said: "The hall is a vital part of the community. Without it, there wouldn't be anywhere for a lot of people to go.
Hilda Allcock, aged 64, from Cotesheath Street, said: "Bingo is very popular with a lot of the residents, but most just come to socialise and spend time with their neighbours, which isn't very common these days.
Bernard Allcock, aged 67, from Cotesheath Street, said: "It would be a disaster if the hall closed. It's the last thing uniting the community around here."
Jean Wiggins, aged 91, from Shelton, said: "I travel here from Shelton every week with my daughter to play bingo and spend time with the group. "It's one of the few places left that I can actually get to and I like it very much."
Joyce Woolley, aged 82, from Kempthorne Road, said: "I remember when I used to come dancing here. I would love to see as popular as it was when it first opened."
Eileen Bale, 87, from Coatesheath Street, said: "We saw this hall built. It was marvellous, and we still enjoy coming to spend time with our friends and neighbours here."
Betty Bates, aged 72, from Joiners Square said: "I don't know what we would do without this place. It was always part of the community. Sadly people never really get to know their neighbours like we used to."