The ribbon has been cut on a new era for the Brighton Centre.

Brighton and Hove City Council leader Bill Randall was joined by tourism cabinet member Geoffrey Bowden in marking the official opening of the refurbished seafront venue.

It comes after £1 million was promised to build a new front, fit new doors, improve the foyer and redesign the restaurant – after replacement of over 4,000 seats, interiors modernised and meeting facilities improved.

Howard Barden, the Brighton Centre acting general manager, said: “With the completion of these works, we anticipate we will greatly enhance the delegate and visitor experience keeping the venue competitive and relevant on both the national and international conference venues scene.”

It has a capacity of 5,000 with the largest purpose-built conference and exhibition space in the south of England.

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