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Big Night Out - Stepping out to an elegant age in the perfect setting...

Guests stepped back in time to a more elegant age as Morecambe's Midland Hotel staged its first 1930s-style dinner dance since reopening 18 months ago.

The painstaking restoration of the unique art deco landmark, which dominates Morecambe's seafront, made the hotel a perfect backdrop for a graceful evening.

Diners were welcomed with a champagne reception beneath the hotel's famous Eric Gill Odysseus mural, notoriously stolen and recovered in 1999.

The 34 lucky guests then enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal in the timeless surroundings of the Eric Gill Suite, before dancing until midnight to the strains of the High Society Band.

Based on the original format of dances at the Midland in its 1930s heyday, when it was a haunt of celebrities like Noel Coward and Wallis

Simpson, the event was an authentic taste of that age.

The evening's organiser Vicky Cruse said: "It was a fabulous evening.

"Most people dressed up in 1930s costumes so there were a lot of ladies in beautiful flapper dresses and beaded headbands and so on.

"And quite a few of the guests were from a local dancing club so some of the dancing was of a very high standard.

"What we wanted was for people to get into the spirit of the 1930s and they really did.

"It went so well that we are thinking of doing another which will probably be in April."

 
 
 

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