A special celebration will take place this weekend to mark 100 years since the opening of the Youngs Siding Community Hall. The hall was officially opened on April 14, 1923, by then South East Province MLC Alred Burvill with more than 200 reported to be in attendance. On Saturday, a day after the hall’s official centenary, the community will come together to mark the occasion with a variety of lawn games, a bouncy castle, live music and plenty of food for all. Hall committee chair Heather Marr said the hall reflected the nature of the small farming community in the City of Albany’s west extremity. “One of the things I find really interesting about this hall, unlike many others, is there are no honour boards with gold printing listing presidents of associations,” she said. “It’s partly because they don’t change much, but I reckon it’s because Youngs Siding people just come along and get stuck in without needing the glory. “That’s exactly how the hall started off, the community decided it needed one so they raised the money to do it.” The Advertiser reported in 1923 that the £110 cost of the building had “been entirely met by direct giving on the part of residents and from the proceeds of entertainments”. It also noted the hall was completed less than six months after it was “decided upon, but such has been the unity of purpose displayed that the hall was enabled to be thrown open free of the slightest encumbrance”. Ms Marr said that spirit had persevered over the past 100 years. “Local people decided we needed an extension on the hall or we needed a kitchen revamp, so they did it,” she said. The hall and its surrounding grounds, including a playground and asphalt court, are used on a daily basis. Committee member Jayne Taylor lives next door to the hall. She said she would hear kids using the playground while waiting for the school bus each day. “Lots of my friends are envious that we have such a community spirit which is why the hall is still going,” she said. “A lot of the halls aren’t as active as we are now, they are still there but people aren’t participating as much.” Ms Marr said as well as hosting Christmas parties, weddings, dances, yoga classes and book clubs, the hall was a popular meeting point for residents to catch up for coffee. She also said it served as a popular midway meeting point for a number of groups with bases in Albany and Denmark. Saturday’s celebration will run from 4pm to 10pm with community members asked to bring a salad or dessert to share. All are welcome to attend with the committee asking for RSVPs to be sent to email@example.com for catering purposes.