MANY of Barrow's fine Victorian buildings have been lost, including Her Majesty’s Theatre in Albert Street.

The stage curtains came down for the last time in January 1967 and it was reduced to a pile of bricks by January 1973.

Other traditional theatres with lavish interiors survived — such as the Winter Gardens at Morecambe and the Grand Theatre at Lancaster.

The Grand opened in 1782 in St Leonardgate and was almost lost to fire in 1908.

Last weekend it hosted a concert by Lancaster and District Male Voice Choir and guests as part of a £2m appeal to build a new foyer and studio space.

Barrow's theatre opened in 1864; in 1894 became the Empire Theatre of Varieties and later Her Majesty's.

A private box at the end of the Victorian era cost a guinea (£1.05).

It showed an early version of moving picture films for the first time in Barrow in September 1896.

From August 1905 it became His Majesty’s Theatre and retained that name until the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953.

It closed in 1955 and fell into disrepair until the arrival in town of Donald Sartain from Lyme Regis.

It was back open in January 1958 and struggled on for almost 10 years.

The Winter Musicale for the Grand's foyer appeal featured support from Stefan Rasmussen,. Five in a Bar and HumHoller 'n' Sing.

Songs by Lancaster and District Male Voice Choir included a spirited rendition of The Morecambe Song by the choir's musical director Derek Walters.

You can hear it — with a video of Morecambe views — on the choir's Facebook page at