Bradford Odeon Rescue Group

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Over the last ten years there have been several campaigns to raise awareness and gain support to help save the Odeon building. Each campaign was creatively themed to gain maximum impact from the community and the media. Have a look at some of the images to see the passion of our local communities both young and old who really want to save our lovely Odeon.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

The Hug, Saturday July 14th 2007

BORG’s greatest achievement to date. A thousand friends of the Odeon came to encircle the entire perimeter of the site on 14th July 2007. The definitive symbol of the huge public support of BORG’s campaign.

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

The Odeon Save It Campaign created a massive impact in the city with over 200 businesses displaying the poster in their premises to show their support. When the poster was displayed it was photographed and tweeted to the HCA and Bradford Council to show the amount of support for the campaign. Tee shirts were also printed and street canvassing to raise awareness was conducted over a 6-week period in 2012.

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Jason show’s his support along with many other Odeon Saver’s who wore the Tee Shirt with pride!

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

The back of the tee with cheeky messaging!

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Many weekends spent canvassing support and giving information to the public. On this occasion Waterstones Bookshop were extremely supportive of our campaign providing us with a space in their entrance way to canvass support.

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

More smiling supporters outside Waterstones!

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

The pop-up banner appeared in many locations throughout the city during the 6 week campaign, on this occasion on the Town Hall steps!

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Great to see so much family support!

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Another keen supporter!

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

The cheeky pop-up banner appearing in the middle of the full City Park water pool!

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

The pretty face of one of our smiley supporters armed with info and ready to canvas the public!

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

The pop-up banner directly in front of the Odeon in City Park

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

One of the Odeon Save It campaigner’s getting his hands on the Olympic Torch during its visit to Bradford! Well done Curtis!

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

The banner appearing in the ‘Urban Park’ another redevelopment disaster in the heart of Bradford.

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

A young Spiderman supporter!

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

The campaign travelled as far as the canals of Venice!

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

And if the Italians can preserve their Leaning Tower of Pisa, why can’t we save our heritage that could also attract tourism to the city?

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Odeon. Save It., Summer 2012

Even this beautiful red setter (and his owner!) want to Save the Odeon!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

Eyes on the Odeon, 24th March 2012

The plight of the Odeon was highlighted during the Opening Ceremony of Bradford’s City Park in March 2012. Projected messages and 3D glasses ahoy!

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

How Clean is your Odeon? 8/11/09

Members of BORG participated in a community scrub of the terracotta blocks on the Quebec Street elevation in November 2009. The results were very pleasing and demonstrated that beneath the neglect, a city centre jewel was waiting to shine again.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Get Well Soon Victoria, 7th April 2012

Members of BORG participated in an event organised by Positive Bradford in April 2012. Well wishers brought flowers and get well soon cards and affixed them to the exterior of the Odeon to show it that it is still loved and has not been forgotten.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

We are not Zombies, 31st October 2009

A public demonstration of public dissatisfaction towards Bradford Council held outside City Hall on Halloween 2009. Organised by several protest groups, Mark Nicholson and John Pennington of BORG were two of the main speakers that spoke out against the council’s recent approval of the proposal to demolish the Odeon.

Lord David Puttnam, CBE, FRSA

David Terence Puttnam, Baron Puttnam, CBE, FRSA
is a British film producer and educator. He sits on the
Labour benches in the House of Lords, although he
is not principally a politician.

Lord David Puttnam, CBE, FRSA

Julie Walters, CBE

Julia Mary “Julie” Walters, CBE (born 22 February 1950) is an
English actress and novelist. She came to international prominence
for portraying the title role in Educating Rita (1983). It was a role
she had created on the West End stage, and it won her BAFTA
and Golden Globe awards for Best Actress.

She is best known internationally for her on-screen characterisation
of Molly Weasley in seven of the eight Harry Potter films. In 2006,
she came fourth inITV’s poll of the public’s 50 Greatest Stars in the UK.
She is also well known for her collaborations with Victoria Wood,
such as appearing with her in the award-winning sitcoms
Victoria Wood As Seen On TV and Dinnerladies.

Julie Walters, CBE

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman, glamorous film buff, presenter, film critic,
journalist and daughter of Eve Pollard, has shown her support
to BORG and the campaign to save the Bradford Odeon.

Current presenter of Film 2013, and former presenter of Sky’s
Academy Awards and Oscar ceremonies, there’s nothing Claudia
doesn’t know about film. She was also a former presenter of
Strictly Come Dancing’s ‘It Takes Two’. Claudia does indeed have
a lot in common with Bradford’s former Odeon and New Victoria.
It is great so see her supporting the campaign.

Claudia Winkleman

Victoria Wood, CBE

Victoria Wood CBE (born 19 May 1953) is an English comedian,
actor, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and director.
Wood has written and starred in sketches, plays, films and sitcoms,
and her live comedy act is interspersed with her own compositions,
which she accompanies on piano.  Much of her humour is
grounded in everyday life, and includes references to popular
British media and brand names of quintessentially
British products. She is noted for her skills in observing culture,
and in satirising social classes.

Victoria Wood, CBE

Ricky Tomlinson

Knock it down? My A***!

We all know that would be Jim Royle’s view on saving our
beloved Odeon. We are honoured to have support from the Royles
to add to our long list of celebrity support for BORG and the
campaign to save the Bradford Odeon.

Eric Tomlinson (born 26 September 1939), known by his stage
name Ricky Tomlinson, is an English actor, comedian and activist
best known for his roles as Bobby Grant inBrookside,
DCI Charlie Wise in Cracker and Jim Royle in The Royle Family.

Photography by kind permission of: Mark Davis

Ricky Tomlinson

Michael Parkinson, CBE

Sir Michael Parkinson, CBE (born 28 March 1935) is an English
broadcaster, journalist and author. He presented his chat show, Parkinson,
from 1971 to 1982 and from 1998 to 2007. He has been described `
by The Guardian as “the great British talkshow host”.

Michael Parkinson, CBE

Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judith Olivia “Judi” Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA
(born 9 December 1934) is an English film, stage
and television actress. Dench has received many
award nominations for her acting in theatre,
film and television; her awards include eleven
BAFTAs, (including the Bafta Fellowship in 2001)
seven Laurence Olivier Awards, (including the
Society’s Special Award) two Screen Actors Guild
Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award,
and a Tony Award. In June 2011, she received
a fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI).

Dame Judi Dench

The Maccabees

The Maccabees are an indie rock band from South London, England.
They have released three albums so far, Colour It In in 2007,
with a follow-up, Wall of Arms, released on 4 May 2009.
Their most recent album Given to the Wild was released on
9 January 2012 and was nominated for the Mercury Music award.

http://www.themaccabees.co.uk

The Maccabees

George Clarke, Restoration Man

Channel 4’s Restoration Man and Advisor to
David Cameron, is a staunch supporter of saving
Bradford Odeon. In a recent statement, he said…

“The work of the campaigners in Bradford who are
determined to save the beautiful Odeon Cinema
building is invaluable. We need many more
individuals like them country-wide.
People who are prepared to pick up the baton and help
preserve some of our country’s architectural treasures.

Historically we have seen the lives of some iconic
buildings cut short and then lived to regret it.
There have also been success stories and we mustn’t
forget these. Imagine for example if Sir John Betjeman
hadn’t campaigned to save St Pancras. What a tragedy
that would have been. I feel that losing this building,
although smaller and more humble, would
prove to be similar loss not only for the people of
Bradford but also the Nation as a whole.

Campaigns like this aren’t about conservationists
getting together and wanting to preserve a building
just for the sake of it. Yes buildings like the Odeon
celebrate our past but they can also be recycled,
transformed and converted into something new
for the future. The fact it’s not listed is completely
irrelevant. In my opinion Bradford has a moral
duty to put a smile back on the face of a much
loved building. It’s a good building and it
should never be lost.”

George Clarke, Restoration Man

Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs

Kevin McCloud (born 8 May 1959) is a British designer,
writer and television presenter best known for his work
on the Channel 4 series Grand Designs, which he has
presented since 1999. Kevin is a huge supporter of
BORG and recently said:

“If we don’t understand our past, where we come
from, how can we see where we’re going?

What makes where we live ‘special’ is the connection
with the past as well as the present. The more layers
there are in the rich cake of our built environment,
the tastier and more appealing it is. We must never
think that buildings from the 1920s or 1950s are somehow
of lesser architectural merit than a Georgian mansion
or a Tudor barn. Every part of our history has an
important contribution to make and the more we remove
fine old buildings from our landscape the poorer we become.

Equally, just because a use for an old building may
not be obvious, that doesn’t mean it’s useless.
With imagination, they can be brought back into great use.
Sadly, we all – councils, governments and individuals
alike – are always seduced by the new idea or the new building.
New and shiny always seems sexier than old and tarnished.
But new buildings of course start to age the moment they’re
completed. The rule of thumb I employ is to ask whether
the new or replacement building will be of equal design
quality and craftsmanship as the old one. After decades
of applying this rule, I find myself increasingly supporting
the retention of more and more old and worthy buildings,
such as the magnificent Odeon. I absolutely support the
Bradford Odeon Campaign. It would be a crying
shame if one of the last 1930s art deco super cinemas
was demolished.”

Photo Credit: Glenn Dearing

www.channel4.com/programmes/grand-designs/

Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is a
British playwright, screenwriter,
actor and author.
Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Alan Bennett

Michael Palin, CBE, FRGS

Michael Edward Palin, CBE, FRGS; born 5 May 1943, is an
English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best
known for being one of the members of the comedy group
Monty Python and for his travel documentaries.

Michael Palin, CBE, FRGS

Mark Radcliffe, Presenter/DJ

Mark Radcliffe (born 29 June 1958) is an English broadcaster
who has worked in various roles for the BBC since the 1980s and
remains one of Britain’s most recognised DJs.

Mark Radcliffe, Presenter/DJ

The Wombats

The Wombats are an English indie rock band from and formed
in Liverpool. The band comprises native Liverpudlians
Matthew Murphy (lead vocals, guitar, nose harp,keyboard) and
Dan Haggis (drums, percussion, keyboard and backing vocals),
alongside Norwegian-born Tord Øverland-Knudsen (bass guitar,
guitar, keyboard and backing vocals). The band is signed to
14th Floor Records in the United Kingdom and Bright Antenna
in the United States.

You can read more about the wombats at http://www.thewombats.co.uk

The Wombats

Terry Jones

Terence Graham Parry Jones (born 1 February 1942)
is a Welsh comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director,
author, political commentator, and TV host.
He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.

Terry Jones

Terry Gilliam

Terence Vance “Terry” Gilliam (born 22 November 1940)
is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator,
actor and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe.
Gilliam has also directed several films, including Brazil (1985),
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), The Fisher King (1991),
12 Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). The only “Python”
not born in Britain, he became a naturalized British citizen in 1968.
In 2006 he formally renounced his American citizenship.

Terry Gilliam

Dr Jonathan Foyle

Jonathan Foyle is an architectural historian;
Chairman of the World Monuments Fund; broadcaster
and advocate for heritage sites. He is also an artist.
Jonathan is a big supporter of BORG and recently said:

'The people of Bradford seem fiercely and rightly proud of their forefathers' contributions to the city's historic architecture. At least, of those buildings that have survived Bradford Council's woeful record of custodianship, lately resulting in a crater of ruination. Bradford should now be expected to follow a policy for preservation on behalf of its citizens, and reject the wastage of further demolition. UNESCO's first City of Film deserves to not only keep its Odeon but for it to stand as an exemplary of responsible urban regeneration.'

 

Dr Jonathan Foyle

George Layton

George Layton (born George Lowy on 2 March 1943 in Bradford,
West  Yorkshire) is an English actor, director, screenwriter and author.
He was educated at Belle Vue Boys’ Grammar School in Bradford
and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where
he won the Emile Littler award. He went on to leading parts at
Coventry and Nottingham and appeared on Broadway in
Chips with Everything. He also appeared in an Australian
production called Funny Peculiar.

He is best known for two television roles – Junior Dr Paul Collier
in the comedy series Doctor in the House and its first two sequels
Doctor at Large and Doctor in Charge, and that of Bombardier
‘Solly’ Solomons in the first two series of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum.

George Layton

David Hockney

David Hockney, OM, CH, RA, (born 9 July 1937) is an
English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer
and photographer. He is based in Bridlington, Yorkshire, and Kensington,
London. Hockney also maintains two residences in Los Angeles,
one in Nicholas Canyon, as well as an office and archives on
Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, the city where
he has lived on and off for more than 30 years.

An important contributor to the Pop art movement of the
1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British
artists of the twentieth century.

David Hockney

Article taken from the Telegraph and Argus.

Barbara Windsor, MBE

Barbara Windsor, MBE (born Barbara Ann Deeks
on 6 August 1937) is an English actress.
Her best known roles are in the Carry On films
and as Peggy Mitchell in the BBC
soap opera EastEnders.

Barbara Windsor, MBE

Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed born 9 October 1936) is an
English actor, known for his sonorous voice
and “hearty, king-sized portrayals”. The son of
William Blessed, a socialist miner,
and Hilda Wall, Blessed was born at the
Montague Hospital in the town of
Mexborough, Yorkshire.

Brian Blessed

The Cribs

Wakefield indie band ‘The Cribs’ are now supporting the
campaign to save Bradford Odeon! 

The Cribs are an English three-piece indie rock band
originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
The band consists of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and
their younger brother Ross Jarman. They were subsequently
joined by ex-The Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist
Johnny Marr who was made a formal member of the
group in 2008. Marr would remain as part of the band
until 2011; his departure was officially announced on
11 April through the band’s website. Despite returning
to the original trio, the band currently enlists David Jones
of Nine Black Alps as a second guitarist for live shows.
The band, who first became active on the concert
circuit in 2002, were initially tied to other like-minded
UK bands of that time, most notably The Libertines,
by a British music press that were looking for a
‘British rearguard’ to the wave of popular US alternative
rock bands of the time. They had outgrown this tag
by the time of the commercial success of their third LP.
In 2008, Q magazine described the band as
“The biggest cult band in the UK”.

http://www.thecribs.com/official/

The Cribs

The Searchers

The Searchers are an English beat group, who emerged as part of
the 1960s Merseybeat scene along with the Beatles, the Fourmost,
the Merseybeats, the Swinging Blue Jeans, and Gerry & the Pacemakers.

The band’s hits include a remake of the Drifters’ 1961 hit,
“Sweets for My Sweet”; remakes of Jackie DeShannon’s
“Needles and Pins” and “When You Walk In The Room”;
an original song written for them, “Sugar and Spice”;
the Orlons’ “Don’t Throw Your Love Away”;
and a cover of the Clovers’ “Love Potion No. 9″.
They were the second group from Liverpool, after the
Beatles, to have a hit in the United States when
“Needles and Pins” charted during the first week of March 1964.

The Searchers played in the Gaumont in 1965.

The Searchers

Jack Dee

James Andrew Innes “Jack” Dee (born 24 September 1961)
is an English stand-up comedian, actor and writer known
for his sarcastic, witty, and deadpan humour. He is well known
in the United Kingdom for writing and starring in the
sitcom Lead Balloon, for being a team captain on Shooting Stars
and for hosting Jack Dee: Live at the Apollo, which was
nominated for a BAFTA in 2006. He also hosted
The Jack Dee ShowJack Dee’s Saturday Night and
Jack Dee’s Happy Hour. He won Celebrity Big Brother 2001.

Jack Dee

We are Augustines

Brooklyn based Indie Rock group, We Are Augustines,
are proud to support BORG and the campaign to
save the Bradford Odeon.

We Are Augustines is an American indie rock group based
in Brooklyn, New York and consisting of guitarist Billy McCarthy,
bassist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen.

Following the break-up of their former band Pela, McCarthy
and Sanderson decided to continue producing the songs that
were originally supposed to comprise Pela’s second studio album.
The album, titled Rise Ye Sunken Ships, was released
digitally on June 6, 2011.

The band derived its name from the month of August.
Both McCarthy and Sanderson were born in August, as was
McCarthy’s brother, James. James’ story is one of the major
influences behind their first album. Pela also dissolved very quickly
(“In the span of two weeks”) in August 2009. Originally, the new
band was named Augustines. Due to other bands with the same name,
they changed the name to We Are Augustines.

Thanks for your support guys, great to have you on board!

You can read more about the band here: http://www.weareaugustines.com/

We are Augustines
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DESIGNED by Alderman William Illingworth,
the New Victoria was constructed on the former
site of Whitaker’s Brewery.

Construction began in 1929
of the largest theatre in the
Provincial Cinematograph
Theatres chain.

FIVE HUNDRED local builders constructed the theatre with a thousand tons of steel.

A TOTAL OF TWO MILLION bricks were used to build the third largest theatre in the country at that time.

THE CROWNING GLORY
of the auditorium was this ornate ceiling dome
– the steel frame still exists!

IT TOOK SIX MONTHS
to construct the theatre and a
further four months to
internally fit it out.

THE NEW VICTORIA
opened its doors to
the City of Bradford
on Monday 22nd September 1930.

THE BUILDING also contained a restaurant
and ballroom.

 

THE AUDITORIUM
had 3,318 seats on
three levels.

 

THE STAGE was 70 feet wide and 45 feet deep.

 

 

IN SEPTEMBER 1950,
the theatre was renamed
the Gaumont as part of a
nationwide re-branding
policy by Rank.

IN BETWEEN 1957 & 1968
the Gaumont hosted many
concerts by the biggest
stars of the day.

THE GAUMONT
closed in November 1968
and reopened as the Odeon
Twins on 21st August 1969.

ODEON 1 (467 seats) &
Odeon 2 (1,207 seats).

A BINGO HALL opened in the former stalls in October 1969.

 

A THEATRE BAR was created in the former cafe.

 

 

IN 1988 the former ballroom
was converted into
Odeon 3 (244 seats)


THE BINGO CLOSED in summer 1997 and the Odeon screened its final movies on Sunday 2nd July 2000.

 

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