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Record numbers enjoy a nose round

Record numbers of visitors flocked to Rochdale to enjoy its buildings during Heritage Open Days.

The event, in September, led to over 1,500 visits during the weekend, compared to 502 visits the previous year.

A record number of venues in the borough also took part in the event, with 36 buildings opening their doors for free and putting on tours, events and activities.

The Heritage Open Days are an annual event designed to celebrate the country’s architecture and culture.

The Grade I listed Rochdale Town Hall was a popular venue, attracting 175 people during the weekend. More than 70 people visited the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum and 100 toured St Chad’s Church in Rochdale. St Johns RC Church attracted 89 visitors and 149 took a tour around Long Street Methodist Church in Middleton. Tonge Hall, in Middleton, had 76 visitors and 73 movie fans took a look around the former Regal Cinema in Rochdale.

Link4Life Tourist Information Manager Jane Lowe said: “Heritage Open Days helped the borough to attract visitors from far and wide, and hundreds have shared very positive feedback with us. I would like to thank everyone who attended and those who dedicated their spare time to opening properties and staging activities. It is their knowledge and enthusiasm that makes things like this happen.”

Trips to the top of the municipal offices proved a popular attraction, with visitors enjoying the views across the borough.

Thousands of events were held across the UK, with over a million visits nationwide.

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