Celebrate 100 years of Skegness Hospital at glamorous black tie ball

The Sultan of Muscat and Oman during his stay at Skegness Hospital.
The Sultan of Muscat and Oman during his stay at Skegness Hospital.
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A glamorous black tie ball celebrating Skegness Hospital’s achievements throughout a century of service to the town is being held this month.

Patients old and new are invited to mark the prestigious occasion at Grand Central, Skegness, on Saturday May 18 - almost a hundred years to the day after it was officially opened by the Countess of Scarbrough.

The 1949 Harvest Festival at Skegness Hospital.

The 1949 Harvest Festival at Skegness Hospital.

“This is a very exciting year for Skegness and we are very proud to still be at the heart of the community, 100 years since it first opened,” said matron Jackie Shaw.

“This ball is an opportunity for us to celebrate the hospital’s achievements over the last century and look ahead to things come,

“We hope this will be an occasion the whole community will help us to support.”

Guests on the night will be treated to a delicious three-course meal, live music from The Sensational Soul Band and the chance to enter a grand prize draw.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has been inviting patients to share their photographs of the hospital as it developed over the years.

Many of these nostalgic images, including some of the town’s more illustrious guests such as the Sultan of Oman and Muscat (pictured), will be displayed throughout the evening.

Skegness Hospital Watch chairman Maureen Mier said at the group’s latest meeting that she expected it to a ‘fantastic evening’ and a fitting tribute to the staff which have worked there over the years.

The event will kick start a year of centenary celebrations including a garden fete on September 1 and the opportunity for patients and visitors to nominate their ‘hospital hero’ for an award. Tickets cost £30 per person and are available from Skegness Hospital’s Main Reception on 01754 672401. Donations for the grand prize draw can also be made at the hospital.