'Perfect 10' for hotel's new dance floor

Owner Darren Crain and some is his tradesmen also assisted with the ribbon cutting.
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The Marsham Court Hotel has cut the ribbon on its new,1400-square foot dance floor, which can accommodate up to 100 dancers at a time. The hotel in Russell-Cotes Road, Bournemouth, has installed the huge semi-sprung, oak dance floor as part of the complete refurbishment of its main restaurant.

The unveiling comes just weeks after the closure of one of Bournemouth’s oldest dance floors at the Wessex Hotel, which is being demolished to make way for a new hotel and flats. The Marsham Court saw its specialist breaks business rise by 20 per cent last year, with particular growth in dance holidays.

The hotel hosts dance clubs and dance tour operators from as far afield as the Midlands, London and the South East.

Managing director Rosie Wallace, whose family has owned the Marsham Court for 30 years, explained: “The transformation has taken three weeks and some major work, including removing the room’s main support pillar and replacing it with two new supports. But the results are amazing. The dance floor is absolutely huge and I don’t think we’re going to have a shortage of dance fans and conference guests waiting to try it out.”

The Marsham Court has long been associated with dance. In Edwardian times the ballroom hosted high society tea dances and its garage would be lined with chauffeur driven cars.

The restaurant, which can accommodate 280 people, also has new bar, four, large glass skylights and new tables, chairs, serving stations, carpets and window shutters.

The guest given the honour of cutting the ribbon was Colin Phipp, who has been attending the Marsham Court with the Good Companions Lodge for 26 years.

The renovations have been carried out by the award winning Chewton Bespoke Design and Build of Highcliffe.

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