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Apollo theatre collapse due to 'old' materials
« on: March 24, 2014, 03:14:00 AM »
Ya think? Place was built a hundred years ago. File this one under news of the obvious.

Via the BBC:

A ceiling collapse at London's Apollo Theatre has been put down to weak and old materials, the BBC has learned.

Seventy-six people were injured when part of the roof came down during a performance of The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time in December.

Radio 4's You and Yours programme has seen an official letter from Westminster City Council that says hessian wadding embedded within the ceiling was getting weaker over time.

It says that led to the collapse.

The local authority is still carrying out an investigation into exactly what happened, but it has sent out a letter to historic theatres in the West End stating that the hessian wadding - a type of sackcloth - mixed into the plaster of Paris, was becoming progressively weak.

The health and safety team at the council is recommending that all suspended ornate ceilings are thoroughly inspected as a matter of urgency.

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