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.

 

 

Waterhead Gin of the Month – Fifty Pound Gin

A popular gin from our Waterhead library, Fifty Pound is a traditional recipe that was long buried after the Gin Craze of the eighteenth century. We think it’s time to dust it off and enjoy in Waterhead’s garden overlooking Lake Windermere.

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Gin and Tonic in Waterhead’s garden

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The Wild Boar Malt of the Month – Balvenie & Glenfiddich

George Hutton, Master of Malt
George Hutton, Master of Malt

Deviating from our normal Malt of the Month post, our Master of Malt, George, tells us about his trip up north to his homeland to visit two distilleries and see first hand how the amber liquid is produced.

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Fun and Fitness on Windermere – Shauna’s Paddlecise Experience

If you’ve passed by Low Wood Bay recently you may have seen what looks like a gathering of people standing on the water. This is Paddlecise, a fitness class with a twist! A balance, coordination and full body strengthening class on Lake Windermere. Whether you’re a Watersports fanatic or a complete beginner, Paddlecise is a fun and challenging experience. Continue reading “Fun and Fitness on Windermere – Shauna’s Paddlecise Experience”

Making your Lancaster House Wedding Dazzle

Karla and Lyndsey of Razzle Dazzle, one of our local suppliers, are regularly seen around Lancaster House. They love getting to know the wedding couples and helping them create a personal and unique style for their big day. The greatest reward for their work is standing back at the end of a day, knowing that the transformation of any space has delighted and gone beyond the expectations of the wedding party.

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National Parks Week – The Adventurous Lake District

As we are situated right in the heart of the Lake District National Park, ‘celebrating everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain’s breathing spaces’ is something that is second nature to us at English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues. The theme of this year’s National Parks Week, from 25th to 31st July, is adventure. Here are just five of our favourite things to do in the Lake District to get your heart pumping in stunning surroundings. Continue reading “National Parks Week – The Adventurous Lake District”

My Day at Low Wood Bay Watersports

English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues are committed to providing quality employment opportunities and experiences for young people from the UK and overseas. The Marketing team have enjoyed welcoming Samuele Caruso who has been discovering some of the attractions at Low Wood Bay…  Continue reading “My Day at Low Wood Bay Watersports”