Lancaster House Memory Lane – First Ever Wedding

We can hardly believe it is 25 years since we first opened the doors of Lancaster House to welcome our guests. Where has the time gone?

We’ve hosted hundreds of weddings over the subsequent years, but Sarah and Duncan Roper were our very first wedding couple and we look forward to re-creating their wedding breakfast for them when they visit soon for a mutual Silver Celebration.

Sarah introduces the family and tells us about their ongoing connection with Lancaster House.

 

Happy Anniversary Lancaster House!
Happy Anniversary Lancaster House!

I was brought up in Lancaster, my family having moved to the city when I was very young.  My father’s job at the University meant we occasionally spent time living abroad.  Duncan grew up in Sheffield where even a trip to Barnsley was a major expedition!  We now live in Timperley, Cheshire, in the home that we bought just after we got married.

We’ve got two sons, Joe, 21 who is studying Civil and Structural Engineering at Sheffield University, and Sam who is studying for his A levels at Sale Grammar School.

How did you meet?

Both Duncan and I have been involved in healthcare throughout our professional lives. We were introduced to each other whilst Duncan was working in Burnley for the NHS.  We went out one Sunday afternoon for a platonic drink in a real ale pub in Manchester.  A fight broke out in the pub (nothing to do with us!) and Duncan grabbed my hand and led me safely away from the fracas – from that moment on everything changed!

Was it a romantic proposal?

A romantic Lake District proposal
A romantic Lake District proposal

The first proposal was on a night out in our local Indian Restaurant – where else?  Duncan subsequently delivered a much more romantic ‘official’ proposal during a holiday in the Lake District on the banks of Coniston Water – not an onion bhaji in sight!

Why did you choose Lancaster House?

I was brought up in Lancaster and have many happy memories of the area. My father took up a post in the Physics Department at Lancaster University when it first opened in 1964 and he worked there until he retired. As a family we have always had a very strong relationship with the University.  The Chaplaincy Centre at the University seemed an obvious choice for our wedding ceremony and with the brand spanking new Lancaster House on the doorstep it was the ideal venue for the reception.
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Booking our wedding in a hotel whilst it was still under construction did have its risks. I made sure we had a back-up plan ‘just in case’. I’m very glad we didn’t have to use it!

The Big Day

The wedding day just seemed to fly past so quickly. It was everything I had always dreamed of for my wedding – sunshine, family, friends and a lot of fun – oh, and Duncan as well!  Our wedding breakfast menu was Melon , Lamb Noisettes followed by a decadent Chocolate and Raspberry Roulade.  Duncan’s request for naan bread and tarka daal was politely declined by the management at the time!

Sarah arriving at Lancaster House
Sarah arriving at Lancaster House
A fresh faced John Jesmond welcomes the bride and groom
A fresh faced John Jesmond welcomes the bride and groom. John is now our F & B Manager.

 

The Newly Weds!
The Newly Weds!

Continuing Connections

Sarah's Mum and Dad
Sarah’s Mum and Dad

My parents, Jean and Peter, remain loyal members of Lancaster House Sandpiper Club. We visit regularly  and have celebrated other special birthdays and anniversaries at Lancaster House. Sadly, Duncan’s Mum and Dad, Jean and John, passed away a few years ago but we have an enduring memory of them both from our special day.

Weddings at Lancaster House

Our Wedding Showcase on 25th August, 4.30pm to 8pm is a perfect time to have a personalised wedding show round of Lancaster House, sample our wedding breakfast options and meet our local wedding suppliers. Our Wedding Coordinator, Lauren, and the team will meet you with a complimentary arrival drink and canapés.

Aimeeandy218The decor at Lancaster House may have changed over the years and we now offer a much wider choice of menu (I’m sure Chef is happy to talk about tarka daal if that is your heart’s desire!) but one thing remains constant – we aim to help make happy memories for our couples for many years to come.

 

 

English Lakes Director Swims 22 Miles for Diabetes UK

‘Fixing Dad’ is a moving story of two brothers committed to supporting their Dad, Geoff Whittington, turn his life around from Type 2 diabetes. Overhauling his diet and introducing  a robust exercise regime (which at first he stubbornly resists) eventually paid dividends. He is now a fighting fit endurance cyclist.

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English Lakes Operations Director, Douglas Dale

English Lakes are proud to have our very own hero going the distance to raise awareness of diabetes. Earlier in the year, Douglas Dale, Operations Director at English Lakes took the Diabetes UK Swim22 challenge – to swim the distance of the English Channel, 22 miles, in a set period of time.

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Real Wedding: James and Emma at Lancaster House

James and Emma held their wedding at Lancaster House. We are thrilled that they shared with us details of their wedding planning along with photos of their wedding celebrations.

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World Chocolate Day – 6 Sweet Facts about Chocolate

World Chocolate Day – what better excuse do we need to consume as many sweet, glorious gooey treats as we possibly can? The team at Lancaster House share one of their chocolate delights. 

Before we get down to the real business of chocolate chomping, we did a little research and found out a few facts about one of the nation’s favourite obsessions.  Continue reading “World Chocolate Day – 6 Sweet Facts about Chocolate”

A Walk Around the Historic City of Lancaster

For those enjoying a weekend break at Lancaster House Hotel, you don’t have to go far to explore the rich history that forms the character of this royal city.

The Romans built a fort in the first Century AD situated above the River Lon, or Lune. The word for fort ‘castra’ became ‘ceaster’ in Anglo Saxon, so the fort became ‘Lonceaster’, and eventually Lancaster. Here are five historic landmarks to get you started. Continue reading “A Walk Around the Historic City of Lancaster”

The Making of The Famous Sandeman Port

Lancaster House is proud to serve the Sandeman range, so much so it’s bar in names after the famous family, The Sandemans Bar.

The principles of Sandeman port production have remained almost unchanged from those employed by George Sandeman in the 1790s. We take a look at how our favourite port is made…

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Pasture Promise Milk – The Journey from the Farm to our Hotels

Lancaster House is proud to support local suppliers. This week the FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) celebrated World Milk Day so we followed the milk trail from farm to dairy to see first-hand where our milk comes from. Cherrie tells us about their grand day out…

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