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SCOTTISH Hall officials have indicated there is life in the “old girl” following a spruce up to the venue which previously had been earmarked for demolition.

The Scottish Hall, on Esk St in Invercargill, is owned by the Invercargill City Council (ICC) and operated by council company Invercargill Venues & Events Management.

It was built in 1957 as a memorial to the pioneering Scottish settlers in Invercargill and wider Southland.

A decade ago, the ICC planned to demolish the building before feedback from the public convinced councillors to agree to retain the building.

Invercargill Venues & Events Management Ltd venues manager Kate Feaver said the Scottish Hall was popular with people hiring it.

Seven weddings were held at the hall last year, with other events including a Chills concert, she said.

Hall had bookings in place for most weekends during the remainder of the year, Ms Feaver said.

The hall had just undergone a spruce up which Ms Feaver said would ensure the venue was an even more attractive option for people to hire in the future.

The concept of a $720,000 major overhaul was planned by the ICC in 2015-16 which would have involved a new entry on the west side of the building.

decided the upgrade would largely be cosmetic with the walls painted and new carpet laid in the Supper Room. The total cost was $56,000.

The Scottish Society also took the opportunity when the clan crests and tartans were removed, for the painting of the walls, to check and clean them.

Invercargill Venues & Events Management venues technician Jeff Ross said acoustic lining had also been put on the walls of the hall to help provide better acoustics inside the venue.

“It makes it more marketable as a venue for people to hire,” Mr Ross said.

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