James Wood had objected to the plans a year before because of his concerns about building a public hall on ground that had not settled since coal extraction below. However, in 1911, he donated £1,000 for alterations to the hall.
In the 1950's the Town Hall was at the centre of controversy when the Town Councillors swapped the piano for a crate of whisky. Read more about it here
Davie Kerr also wrote a poem about it;
Nae honky-tonk tune ti lichten the gloom.
Nae clue as the Toun Hall pianna
wis taen without trace an selt for a case
o whisky at twelve an a tanner.
In 1955, the Hall eventually had so many faults, it was demolished.