Hotel to breathe life into ballroom

The impressive ballroom at The Grosvenor House Hotel. Photo supplied.
The impressive ballroom at The Grosvenor House Hotel. Photo supplied.
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AN HISTORIC hotel in Skegness fears it may lose the use of its stunning ballroom if it can not inspire groups to use it.

Management at the iconic Grosvenor House Hotel in North Parade want to rekindle the space and bring back its glory while keeping its nostalgic charm.

“In its heyday, hundreds of people would have come dancing here and it would have been packed out, we’d like to recreate a nod to this time and bring back ballroom dancing at the hotel,” said manager Stephen Pickering.

Thousands have been spent on the hotel over the last year, since it was taken over by the new management after being owned for 83 years by the locally esteemed Spence family.

Leading the initiative will be talented dance school owner, Mary Kirsten who was the youngest professional to qualify in the south east in 1975. Since then, Mary has built up three dance schools, in Nottingham, Stevenage and Alford.

Now Mary hopes another centre can be created at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Skegness with the help of Max and Jackie Baker, also well-known in the field.

“Mary has trained beginners right through to British champions, so she is very happy teaching couples and individuals who have never danced before, or those who would like to compete for medals,” said Max.

The classes will involve sequence dancing with ballroom and everyone young or old, is being invited to a complimentary class, whatever their skill or level.

“Her aim is for everyone to have fun and enjoy the classes whatever their experience. Her aim is to encourage more people to get involved in dancing, it’s a great way to keep fit, learn something new, enjoy something fun and meet new friends,” Max added.

The first introductory sequence dance class is set to take place on September 3 at 7pm.

Other local groups are also being invited to trial the ballroom and are asked to call Stephen at the hotel on 01754 763376 for further information.