IT’S the time for Christmas shows, concerts, plays and pantos, so here’s a photograph of Chepstow Operatic Society performing The Vagabond King in the Public Hall in 1953.

The Society’s shows were some of the best remembered events held in the hall, which was composed of three wooden hutments and a concert hall formerly used by prisoners of war at the Beachley Shipyard. It was bought by Chepstow Urban District Council in 1919 for £300 and it stood on land given to the town by J.H.Silley, one of the key members of the board who founded the Standard Shipbuilding Company at Chepstow during the First World War, and a native of Chepstow.

The Hall was demolished in 1973.