Tripping the light fantastic – with a brew

Clockwise from top left: Graham Cockshoot, Ken Duckworth, Dave Peel, Janet Peel, Brenda Duckworth and Janet Cockshoot
Clockwise from top left: Graham Cockshoot, Ken Duckworth, Dave Peel, Janet Peel, Brenda Duckworth and Janet Cockshoot

There was chance to step back in time at an historic hotel and dance the afternoon away.

The North Euston Hotel, in Fleetwood, held an afternoon tea dance in its striking ballroom.

Tea dance at the North Euston Hotel

Tea dance at the North Euston Hotel

Guests at the weekly event get the chance to take to the floor to the sounds of the keyboard – played by either Vince Burns or Ian Midgely, who alternate weeks. All the old classics and favourites are on the playlist, and tea and coffee is served in the interval.

The North Euston Hotel dates back to 1839, when work started on the historic building and it opened in 1841.

It was commissioned and paid for by Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood and designed by the London Architect Decimus Burton.

It was built to serve overnight guests making the rail journey from London Euston at a point close to the departure of the steamers to Scotland.

Alan Davies, Joan Davies, Peter Dewhurst and Eunice Dewhurst

Alan Davies, Joan Davies, Peter Dewhurst and Eunice Dewhurst

Travellers would have to alight at Fleetwood and take the sea ferry to Ardrossan and then travel by rail to Glasgow, as they were not able to put a railway over the Shap Hills. Fleetwood at that point was the most Northern station – hence the name North Euston.

For details of the tea dances, visit www.northeustonhotel.com

Phil Broadbent, Mary Holland, Tom Holland, Bill Casson, Jean Casson and Dorothy Broadbent

Phil Broadbent, Mary Holland, Tom Holland, Bill Casson, Jean Casson and Dorothy Broadbent

Heather Harrison, Jim Gannon, Elsie Duncalf and Roy Duncalf

Heather Harrison, Jim Gannon, Elsie Duncalf and Roy Duncalf