Chairs returned to their original seat of power

Chairs which have been returned to the Winter Gardens.
Chairs which have been returned to the Winter Gardens.
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Vintage chairs spotted on eBay by an eagle-eyed 
heritage chief are now sitting pretty back where they belong.

It has taken more than 60 years but a set of original chairs from the Winter Gardens has been returned thanks to the efforts of a group set up to support the venue.

More than 50 Chippendale-style chairs have been purchased from a dealer in St Annes after they were spotted on eBay by the Winter Gardens Trust and are currently being assessed for any repairs and refurbishment.

Carl Carrington, honorary secretary of the Trust and head of heritage at Blackpool Council, who saw the chairs for sale on the online auction house, said: “Considering how old the chairs are and their travels they are in remarkably good condition. They all need a polish and some tender loving care, but only a few will require any major refurbishment, which just goes to show how well made they were.

“The chairs will now be cleaned and repaired before being restored to use in the Winter Gardens. They would look wonderful in one of the meeting rooms or perhaps along a large dining table for a formal dinner or banquet.”

The furniture was originally part of the Renaissance Restaurant, just off the Floral Hall, in the 1920s before being moved to the Windsor Bar in the early 1930s.

Sometime later the then owners, the Blackpool Tower Company, installed them in the dining area of the Palace Cinema at St Annes.

After that venue closed in March 1957, little is known of them before they came up for sale last year.

Mr Carrington added: “The story doesn’t end quite there as we believe there’ are at least another 12 of the chairs unaccounted for and we would like to hear from anyone who knows where they might be.

“They can be identified by the BWG logo carved into the backrest and we’d like to acquire them to go with the rest of the chairs.

“We’d also like to know about any other furniture or items from the Winter Gardens that people have in their homes and that we could restore to the venue.

“It’s an opportunity to play a part in restoring the historic integrity of the Winter Gardens.”

To contact the Trust with any information on the chairs, people can email, or to find out more about the projects they undertake the public can visit