Party time as Midland hotel marks 80 years

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Three days of celebrations will mark the Midland hotel’s 80th birthday.

A glamorous ‘Great Gatsby’ style gala dinner, a champagne afternoon tea and a family fun day are on the itinerary this weekend.

This Friday, a four-course Gala Dinner, based on the first ever menu served at the Midland, will be held in the Eric Gill Suite.

Guests will be welcomed with a glass of bubbly on arrival and entertainment will be provided by live band The Paul Hayes Collection, and guests.

This Saturday (July 13), a champagne afternoon tea will be served in the Midland’s Sun Terrace, including a charity auction, hosted by TV antiques expert and Morecambrian, Paul Hayes, with proceeds going to St John’s Hospice and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Then on Sunday, July 14, the family fun day will include a special themed menu in the Rotunda Bar, as well as attractions including a live DJ, traditional fair stalls, period dance classes including the Charleston, ice cream van, Punch and Judy, and donkey rides to provide the quintessential British seaside celebration.

Matt Stanaway, general manager of The Midland, said: “This is going to be a very special occasion and we are determined to create a weekend of events to live up to the rich heritage of the Midland.”

Tickets for the Gala Dinner are £40 per head. Tickets for the champagne afternoon tea are £22.50 per person, including a glass of chilled Laurent Perrier Champagne, full afternoon tea and souvenir menu.

Tickets are available by calling 01524 428370. Admission to the family fun day is free.