A TRADITIONAL single ‘ghost light’ has been left on at arts and entertainment hub Settle Victoria Hall, which has been forced to close and to ‘pause’ all forthcoming events and activities because of the coronavirus emergency.

A statement on the venue’s website states: “As of March 23, until it is safe and permitted to resume normal duties, all Settle Victoria Hall activities and events are paused.

“There is a long-standing tradition in theatre that, when the theatre falls, silent, one light - the ghostlight - is left burning on the stage to symbolise that people will be back and the show will go on.

“Our ghostlight is burning, and we promise that Victoria Hall will be back, but for now, our staff and volunteers are furloughed for the safety of everyone, and will be unable to respond to emails or phone calls.

“We will see you again when this is all over, in the meantime, please stay safe, do not travel unless absolutely necessary, and remember that this won’t last forever, and the show will go on.”