The Wakefield Industrial Co-operative Society opened it’s first shop in Unity Hall on Bank Street in 1867

  • Extensions on Bank Street in 1876 and Westgate in 1904 when Unity Hall was created
  • Unity becomes an integral part of the Westgate community,  hosting silent movies, wrestling and ballroom dancing
  • Unity Hall becomes a major venue for dances in the 1950s and 1960s

1970s and 1980s Unity attract some of the biggest acts to Wakefield

  • Unity becomes the best venue for glam, punk, post-punk and heavy metal
  • The Specials, Boomtown Rats, Human League, The Skids, The Only Ones, Iron Maiden, Penetration, Eurythmics and Def Leppard are some of the acts to perform in its heyday
  • The Pretenders play their first ever UK gig at Unity Hall in 1978 supporting Wakefield power-pop band Strangeways
  • Unity Hall helped project Strangeways into the spotlight, securing gigs with The Ramones, Judas Priest and many others

With a rich cultural and diverse heritage it seems only fitting that once again this great building will be home to the creative community of Wakefield

Throughout Unity’s refurbishment, One to One Development Trust ran a project with huge scope; to gather artifacts, stories and memories of Unity Hall from its entire history. The collected images, plus the book and the film can be found here on the Official Heritage site.