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dermod in salisbury efdss dances at Sharp House (140* d) RE: efdss dances at Sharp House 17 Dec 06

As a youngster I sat on a wall and watched a limousine bring Princess Margaret to open the brand new Cecil Sharp House. My uncle used to borrow my toy pistol when he acted as a caller for barn dances there. Later,the BBC used it as a rehearsal hall for radio programmes. Its library is considered a great resource. But since moving out of the area (40 years ago), I also began to realise that it is in a ridiculously bad position. One poorly serviced bus route (the awful No 74) passes by outside. The nearest tube station is a ten minute walk away and the direction is far from obvious. How did it come to be built there at all? There may be a good reason. Maybe a legacy. (Also, Vaughan Williams lived nearby). But by now this issue should have been properly addressed. The centre of English folk music and dance archives should be sited at least somewhere central to good transport connections. Prxximity to London Zoo and the Regent's Canal does not exactly fit the bill, picturesque (and pricey) as the neighbourhood may be.

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