Theatre evacuated amid a power cut

THEATRE staff had to evacuate the building during the second half of a performance last Saturday when it was hit by a power cut.

Students at the Helen Wilman School of Dance, Hebden Bridge, were into the second half of their second show of the day when the lights went out at Todmorden’s Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, and led to the first ever evacuation of members of the public from the theatre.

Steve Clarkson, of the theatre, which is run by Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, said it was the second blackout in the area in a fortnight and also affected the Kilnhurst area. The evacuation went smoothly and as the indications given to house manager Justine Sutcliffe were that power would not be restored for some time, the second half of the show had to be abandoned.

The young people had been able to perform the full show for the first house earlier in the day.

“TAODS ushers and the house manager had to implement emergency procedures and safely evacuate more than 400 people from the building.

“This included members having to park their cars with headlights pointing across the main road opposite the entrance and, as no police were available, stopping traffic to allow people to cross the road to the car parks opposite in total darkness,” he said.

A spokesman for Northern Power Grid confirmed that 1,060 properties had been affected, with power going off around 8.50pm and being restored around 2.10am the following morning, with some delay while power generators arrived on site.

The problems had been due to an underground cable fault, which they had located, and repair was scheduled to take place on Tuesday of this week.