HOLYHEAD'S Market Hall is set to re-open its doors to residents next month, offering tours of the building which has undergone major redevelopment work.

Having received over £2m in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the former hall has been transformed into a modern town library, business and visitor centre.

On Friday, December 7, guests will have the opportunity to take a look at the work carried out on the building as part of an Anglesey Council-led project which started in January 2017.

The Council say, with the help of the HLF funding, they aim to turn the once dilapidated building into an "impressive" new library, information and enterprise hub that will benefit the community.

Holyhead Mayor Cllr Keith Thomas says the re-opening of the Market Hall will "preserve a piece of the town's history."

"There is a great need to keep the building looking presentable as it contains such great history," he added.

"The project will safeguard a historic building for the future and brings the library into the modern era too with the computers being set-up there. It should also attract more businesses to the area.

"We, as a town, are really looking forward to the Market Hall coming back into use and it's a welcome investment in my opinion."

Originally built in 1855, the former Market Hall had lain derelict in the heart of the town centre for more than a decade before Council renovation works began.

On December 7, the Council’s Heritage Regeneration Team will hold four free guided tours of the building.

The Market Hall will be one of hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded visitor attractions across the UK saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

Anglesey’s portfolio holder for major projects and economic development, Cllr Carwyn Jones, said: "Thanks to National Lottery players we’ve been able to ensure a sustainable future for the former Market Hall, respecting and celebrating its heritage.

"It will provide a new home for Holyhead Library and the Island’s local history collections; provide exhibitions interpreting Holyhead's story with opportunities for new spaces for learning, training, community activity space and a coffee shop.”

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, added: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving back to the people who buy tickets.”

To book a place on a tour, call 01248 752465.