Alton Downs? hall of fame

THE 100th birthday of one of Alton Downs' longest standing stalwarts ? its community hall ? was celebrated at the weekend.

The hall was built exactly 100 years ago on Saturday.

And while it may have seen a few major facelifts and hundreds of functions in its time, the hall is still as good as new, according to Alton Downs Hall Association secretary/treasurer Joyce Chippendale.

"We've been doing up the hall for years now. It's still in good nick. It's had a new roof, been restumped, had new steps, front doors and has been painted outside. We'll be painting it inside soon.''

Ms Chippendale saidFitzroy Shire Council had even given the association funds to do up the kitchen.

She estimated about 400 had attended the celebrations which included a dance.

Ms Chippendale said the hall had hosted weddings, parties, ratepayers' meetings, playgroups and will today host Anzac celebrations.

She said a plaque had been unveiled at the weekend to honour the Hoare family, who originally gave the association (formerly known as the Alton Downs Farmers' Association) the hall's land in 1905.

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