Back in the nineteen-fifties the City Hall was the venue of several Careers and Hobbies exhibitions. On display was everything from the wood-working, model railway, model car racing on control wires like a kite, flower arranging, stamp collecting, the Armed Forces, Emergency Services, car maintenance, pictorial arts, hairdressing, photography, cooking and building activities. Most displays had practical demonstrations as well as pictorial records. The exhibitions ran for a weekend every year.
There were also Dance Competitions, orchestral concerts, social dances for various age groups, conferences, music recitals, pop-music performances, election tally-room nights, antique fairs and more.