Artistic wilderness

THE threat to the Assembly Hall seems to have attracted less attention than the worthy Connaught campaign.

This fine venue is the best on the south coast east of Portsmouth, has excellent acoustics, is the only hall for large gatherings in the area and is world-renowned for housing the finest Wurlitzer organ in Europe.

This versatile instrument can produce a large array of sounds, including being part of an orchestra. Many famous artistes appear here and, I am sure, if the hall was properly managed, these appearances could be increased.

Large numbers of amateurs and children have the valuable opportunity to perform in public.

In the present economic climate, the country is in danger of becoming an artistic wilderness.

We owe it to our children not to lose these facilities for ever.

Bruce Bird

Anscombe Road