RECENTLY in Looking Back we ran a photo which showed the creation of a new town centre dual carriageway in Accrington town centre. One of the casualties of that would be this building - the St John Ambulance Drill Hall at Bull Bridge.

Taken in 1985, this picture show demolition of the fine brick building just beginning.

The hall in the shadow of the town’s famous railway viaduct, was pulled down as the town centre was remodelled when the Arndale Centre was built. It is now the site of a large roundabout.

It had been opened in 1904 by Major General Baden-Powell, the father of the modern Scouting movement.

In more recent times the Drill Hall housed a snooker club which was the practice venue for Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins, John Spencer and Dennis Taylor who all went on to become world champions.

What are you memories of the Drill Hall? Email