A Guide to Vintage By The Sea at The Midland Hotel, Morecambe

Over the last few months the team at The Midland and Vintage have been working hard to bring a day of Vintage by the Sea as part of The Midland Hotel’s 80th Birthday Celebrations.

Vintage By The Sea Press Launch with Wayne Hemingway at The Midland

Vintage By The Sea Press Launch with Wayne Hemingway at The Midland

We will transform the hotel and surrounding landscape for a celebration of music, fashion, film, art, dance, food and design from those halcyon days when the Midland Hotel opened in 1933.

With so much happening on Saturday 14th September 2013, we have put together the below list to highlight some of the fantastic special events and attractions we have prepared for the special day. If you are planning on visiting the festival don’t forget to share your photos and messages on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #VintageByTheSea as we will be sharing some of the best messages throughout the event.

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Video: The Midland’s Search for 1968 Miss Great Britain Constants

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The Midland hotel is searching for stars of the Miss Great Britain competition held in Morecambe in 1968.The Miss Great Britain Competition was held in Morecambe from 1956 to 1989, with the 1968 event being won by Yvonne Ormes from Nantwich in Cheshire. This video, from BBC North West Tonight features Sharman Bardsley, one of the ladies featured in our slides.

Pictures from BBC North West Tonight.

Wayne Hemingway talks Vintage ahead of Mildland Hotels Festival

Wayne Hemingway at The Midland, Morecambe

Wayne Hemingway at The Midland, Morecambe

The Grade II listed 1930’s art deco masterpiece that is the Midland Hotel, Morecambe, is heralding its landmark year and Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s Vintage Festival is having a holiday in Morecambe to help those celebrations along.

Leading designer Wayne Hemingway, who was born and raised in Morecambe, said: “The Midland is a very special building – a truly unique design and iconic British building. It feels right and proper for us to bring a “pop up” version of our Vintage Festival to my hometown to celebrate The Midland’s landmark year and put on a wonderful party that encompasses the best of British design, music, fashion and art, and food

“We can’t wait to put on a great show for everyone who comes along. There will be lots for people to see and take part in, besides the two main ticketed events. For those not fortunate (or quick enough!) to get tickets or one of the room packages for the Vintage Tea Dance and the Torch Club evening ball there will be workshops , food and the Vintage Marketplace. We hope that people will really get into the Vintage spirit and dress up for the occasion for a fabulous summer’s day at the seaside.”

Outside The Midland for the launch of Vintage by the sea

Outside The Midland for the launch of Vintage by the sea

Vintage Festivals have attracted tens of thousands of guests at celebrations on London’s South Bank, in Sussex and also at last year’s Preston Guild. They are events that have something for all ages and the 14th September is sure to live long in the memory of Morecambe.

The Vintage Festival to visit The Midland for Iconic Anniversary

The Midland is often cited as being one of the most iconic buildings in Britain. And this year, to celebrate its 80th anniversary year the hotel will host a spectacular Vintage celebration.

MID-PostcardDuring a golden period before the Second World War, The Midland, recognised widely as an art deco masterpiece, played host to luminaries and fashion icons such as Coco Chanel, Wallace Simpson, Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward, who enjoyed the panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District fells in the distance.

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The Midland – So Much More Than the View!

The Midland, Morecambe

The Midland, Morecambe

Chatting with one of our regular guests, Pauleen MacDonald, and enjoying the view from The Midland on a perfectly clear, crisp winter’s morning over Morecambe Bay to the snow covered Lake District mountains in the background, it struck me that Pauleen’s enjoyment of The Midland had nothing to do with the spectacular view. Despite being born almost completely blind, Pauleen leads an active and independent life, traveling regularly from Leeds to Lancaster and Morecambe.

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The Perfect Wedding at The Midland

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Meet Vicky Cruise, The Midland’s wedding co-ordinator and the team at the hotel as they prepare for the day of a bride and grooms dreams.

Getting married at The Midland is like a modern day fairytale come true. The hotel is a perfect example of modern day glamour combined with the classic art deco style and the team here at the hotel enjoy making couples dreams become a reality.

Photos of the Lake District from the International Space Station

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Chris Hadfield, currently on the ISS

Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield currently on board the International Space Station has tweeted photographs of the Lake District and Morecambe Bay from space!

Commander Chris Hadfield, who is a flight engineer currently on Expedition 34 on board ISS, has gained popularity on Twitter by sharing stunning photography of space. Many of which are his views of Earth as the International Space Station orbits Earth at over 17,000mph. Continue reading