Host back after towering job

Alison Gilmore
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GENEROUS guests at a “welcome back” party were so pleased to see their host that they helped her raise £4,230 on the night for Comic Relief.

The Washington Suite at the Imperial Hotel was packed with revellers at a black tie dinner, organised by Alison Gilmore, who has now returned as general manager to one of Blackpool’s oldest hotels.

In the 18 months she was away, Alison trained as an electrician and was part of the team that rewired Blackpool Tower’s leg with its new look lights. To the appropriate strains of the theme to 1984 movie Electric Dreams, Alison took to the stage to say: “For anyone else who’s going through a mid-life crisis, I can thoroughly recommend spending 50 hours a week working with contractors, wrapped in six layers of clothing, and working at heights of 300ft in 45 mile an hour winds – it makes you glad to be alive and living and working in Blackpool!”

She spoke of her 23 year love affair with the Imperial which had started when, as a hotel management student, she attended her college ball there.

The Imperial’s part of me now, a hotel so rich in history, every room has a story to tell,” she said.

Don’t miss Saturday’s Gazette for pictures from the dinner.

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