BLACK History Month will be celebrated at St George’s Hall in Bradford with a special tour.Local historian Joe Williams will bring hidden history dramatically to life as he takes people around the Grade ll listed concert hall and theatre on Saturday, October 12.

St George’s Hall has welcomed significant black historical figures and performers, from Rev John Sella Martin, activist and fugitive slave who spoke there in 1866 and Paul Robeson singer writer a spokesman said: “and civil rights activist who appeared in 1958, to the anti-apartheid events in the1980s.

“The tour and talk includes insights into amazing black artists including Dizzie Gillespie, Count Baisie, Howlin Wolf, Big Mama Thornton, Sarah Vaughn, Cleo Laine, Shirley Bassey, Marvin Gaye, Dionne Warwick, Willard White, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Beverly Knight.

“Joe Williams of Heritage Corner, is well known for sharing rich narratives of African heritage and their connections to Yorkshire.

“On this tour he will take visitors on an amazing journey from inspirational Nile Valley Civilisations in Africa to the forming of Bradford in the 11th century and beyond, and explore Africa’s role in manufacturing growth, transatlantic trade links, celebrated historical figures and Windrush contributions.

People should go to the hall at 10.15am. The cost is £7 per person. Visit or call 01274 432000 to book. St George’s Hall re-opened in February following a £9.8 million transformation, made possible by Bradford Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It included major works to the roof, windows, electrics and stone work.