Stirchley Baths opening ceremony

The official opening ceremony of Stirchley Baths, a once-abandoned Edwardian building now beautifully restored as a modern community hub, was performed on Thursday 14 January 2016. It was an opportunity for those who worked on and funded the project to celebrate what has been achieved and to see the amazing transformation for themselves.

The official party outside the building ready for the ribbon cutting

The official party ready for the formal opening

Brenda Thomas cuts the ribbon

Brenda Thomas, whose campaigning for listed status led to the restoration of the building, cuts the ribbon

Brenda Thomas in the entrance hall

Brenda Thomas steps into the entrance hall after cutting the ribbon

Paul Jones at the front door with the new ceremonial key

Paul Jones was the last person to leave the building when it closed as a swimming baths: he was back today to take part in the re-opening

Inspecting the new ceremonial key

Admiring the new ceremonial key

The new ceremonial key

The new ceremonial key, freshly hallmarked, states the values that the building represents

Cllr Ian Ward makes a speech

Deputy Council Leader Cllr Ian Ward thanks everyone who has worked on the project

Les Sparks makes a speech

Les Sparks of the Heritage Lottery Fund celebrates the transformation of the once-derelict building

Councillor Karen McCarthy speaking on the stage

Councillor Karen McCarthy introduced the speeches

Ex Cathedra on the stage

Ex Cathedra (on stage) and Birmingham Opera Company, Arts Champions for Selly Oak, gave great performances

Ex Cathedra processing along the balcony

The balcony made a perfect stage for a performance by Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra in front of the stage

Ex Cathedra after their performance

Byron Jackson of Birmingham Opera Company

Byron Jackson of Birmingham Opera Company performed a song by Mussorgsky in dramatic fashion

Byron Jackson of Birmingham Opera Company

Byron Jackson of Birmingham Opera Company involved the audience in his performance

Kerry with the logo she designed in the background

Kerry designed the logo and branding for the restored building

Brenda Thomas with Councillor Tim Huxtable

Brenda Thomas, who cut the ribbon to open the building, with Councillor Tim Huxtable

Birgit Kehrer of Change Kitchen serves a guest

Birgit Kehrer of Change Kitchen breaks off from a photoshoot to serve a guest

Slices of fruit set out on a table

Healthy and tasty catering was provided by Change Kitchen, who run the café in the Baths

Members of Stirchley History Group

Members of Stirchley History Group ran an information stall and acted as tour guides

Volunteer guides on the balcony

Volunteer guides showed guests round the building: tours included rare access to the balcony

Looking along the outside of the balcony towards the Stirchley Baths logo

The balcony is one of many original features that has been preserved and restored

Chimney in the sunshine viewed through the roof

The high glass roof lets in so much light to the building

Chimney, tree and park in the sunshine

When the sun came out the building and neighbouring Stirchley Park were looking their best