We did it! The Grand Opening of Albion Street Studios – Thank you
We have been shouting it from the rooftops for the last few weeks, possibly even months, as you have probably noticed on social media, so to finally say Albion Street Studios, Halifax, is finally open and ready for business feels like a huge achievement! Thanks to those who attended and to everyone else who couldn’t make it.
It was overwhelming to see the incredible support and enthusiasm that everybody has for what we have created and it has taken a few days to fully sink in. We can’t thank everybody enough for turning up, sharing posts, helping out, supplying us with decor, food and wine, it simply would not have been possible without our business friends, colleagues and families.
The build up to the big day was a little hectic, as we both had shoots planned in and Danny even attended Noel Gallagher @ the Piece hall the night before, under strict instructions to not let the nerves fuel a few too many beverages. Thankfully it all seemed to come together seamlessly on the day, we just had to get through the awkward speeches and the “professional” parts. James introduced everyone to Albion Street Studios, telling the story of how we came to be where we are now, which is a long way from where we both were at the beginning of the pandemic.
We were thrilled that Tracy Brabin, the mayor of West Yorkshire, had agreed to open Albion Street Studios in style, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. As anyone who was there would know, she probably didn’t expect to be introduced as “R Trace “ by the one and only Danny Thompson Photography but enjoyed the comedy of the moment as much as everyone else did, (thankfully!).
Tracy gave a brilliant speech about her own love for the creative community in Calderdale and her vision for Albion Street Studios, which was very touching. It is amazing to have support from such a respected and honourable member of West Yorkshire. She understood,exactly, the concept and drive behind building Albion Street Studios. We want it to become a bespoke creative hub, where like minded individuals and businesses can come together to create amazing things and do great work. It will allow people to collaborate easier on projects, making a streamlined and simple solution to local businesses media needs.
We loved every minute of the day, and tried our best to to speak to everyone who came, well looked after, if we missed you we are really sorry and we hope you were well looked after by our volunteer hospitality team from Focus 4 Hope and enjoyed a drink or two. We made sure that we tested out a couple of the delicious canapés made by Alasdair Nunn from Rachel’s Kitchen and had some vino (to settle the nerves, obviously) supplied by Ray from The Ripponden Wine Co. If you didn’t get chance to try one of the tasty little treats that were also going around from Lucy’s Little Bakehouse, as they didn’t last long, you will be able to visit their new Cafe, in the Westgate (just below the studio) in the coming weeks! We can’t wait to have them as neighbours, strictly for business reasons, as you can understand!
Louise Reed & Nicola Freemantle, who work tirelessly for Focus 4 Hope, a local charity, did a great job making sure everyone was happily fed and watered and we didn’t have to worry about the behind the scenes logistics of the day. Danny is a Trustee for the charity, so it was great to see them involved and we hope that you can all support them in the future where you can!
There are just so many people to thank for making The Grand Opening a success;
Tracy Brabin, for being our Official Ceremony guest
Rachel Oates for her infinite event and PR wisdom,
Paul Delaross for hosting on the mic,
Cameron Scott for taking over James’ usual role of video production and throwing his hand in to DJ the evening,
The team at Cardelium for the balloons and bespoke ceremony ribbon (and for recommending we buy a super sharp pair of scissors to save embarrassment)
Jigsaw print for all the fantastic vinyls that you will have noticed up and around the studio,
Helen Greenwood for the amazing Graphic Design work
Swift Print for speedily putting together everything we needed for our goody bags,
RachAl’s Kitchen for those delightful little yorkshire puddings
Lucys Little Bakehouse for her mouth watering brownies
Focus 4 Hope for doing the hard graft
The Ripponden Wine Co for recommending and supplying the wine, prosecco and glasses
Briggs Priestly for the unveiling plaque, (R Trace loved it!)
Beacon Rangers FC for loaning us some catering equipment.
It really was an amazing get together of local suppliers and individuals that made it happen. We are really lucky in Calderdale and the surrounding areas to have such a diverse and talented range of businesses, who are all really nice folk!
We Can’t forget the Mrs’s and kids who deserve the biggest thank you, for supporting us all the way in making this a reality, from website building, picking up the drill, DIY and studio design to just being there every step of the way.
We can’t wait to see you all again in the studio, please feel free to pop in for a brew or just to say hello when you are passing. Come rent a workspace or meeting room, or record your podcast in our dedicated podcast, video editing suite, or book your business in for a media audit and lets see how we can work together at Albion Street Studios. Get in touch below!
Thank you again for all your support
and just a quick question….. which one of you broke the toilet seat?
James and Danny