'If memories live on, why can't the building?'
The lovely Floral Hall, situated within the grounds of Belfast Zoo overlooking Cavehill has been closed to the public since 2nd April 1972 and now stands neglected and empty. In it's heyday it once was a beautiful 1930's 'art-deco' ballroom with a lovely interior decorated in blue and gold with a tangerine entrance hall, it held popular dances and showbands and also had Pink Floyd and The Small Faces play there, it was also popular for roller skating in the 1960's-1970's, it was built by J & R. W. Taggart Building Contractors and opened on 4th May 1936 and surrounded by the beautiful Bellevue Gardens.
This beautiful Hall deserves a modern restoration very soon, it stands in a state of emptiness and neglect, it was sadly closed when the troubles broke out. It has since remained unused.
I truly hope many others would love to see the Floral Hall becoming restored so that it can be used as a multi-purpose hall that can hold events for all ages, such as concerts, weddings, dances, zoo events, educational Zoo visits and many more.