In November 2013 a striking new mural was painted in Morecambe’s iconic art deco Midland hotel. The painting, by artist Jonquil Cook, is a homage to the Midland’s lost mural, by the acclaimed artist Eric Ravilious.
History repeating itself. Eric and Tirzah Ravilious, 1933 and Jonquil Cook and Isa Clee-Cadman, 2013.
In the spring of 1933, not long before completion of the Midland Hotel, the renowned water-colourist, Eric Ravilious, and his wife, Tirzah Garwood, installed themselves in lodgings at Heysham, near Morecambe. Ravilious had received a commission from the architect, Oliver Hill, to paint a mural on the walls of what were then to be the tearooms. Continue reading
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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.
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.
During 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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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.
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The Art Deco Midland Morecambe has a long and interesting history. Thora Hird visits the hotel pre-development with the BBC’s ‘One Foot In The Past’ program. (Approximate video length 8m:40s).
Maria doing an “Eric Morecambe”
This story is written by Maria Walker, Reservations Manager at English Lakes.
Whilst taking a booking from Mrs. Stuart I established that the purpose of her stay was to officially open the RSPB – “Eric Morecambe Hide” at Leighton Moss nature reserve. I was intrigued… who is Mrs. Stuart? Surly the RSPB would not ask any Tom, Dick or Harry to officially open something? Not wanting to sound nosey or cheeky I tentatively asked was she affiliated with the RSPB or Eric Morecambe. It was then I found out that Mrs. Gail Stuart was Eric Morecambe’s Daughter. Continue reading