Sadness and memories after Harlepool's Grand Hotel announces administration

Customers and former staff have reacted with sadness and recalled happy memories after a landmark Hartlepool hotel announced it had gone into administration with all staff made redundant.
The Grand Hotel in HartlepoolThe Grand Hotel in Hartlepool
The Grand Hotel in Hartlepool

A post on The Grand Hotel’s official Facebook page confirmed the news on Saturday June 7.

Official records also indicate that hotel owner Shepherd Cox Hotels (Hartlepool) has been placed into administration.

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The Swainson Street business dates back to the end of the 19th Century, with many memories tied up in its fabric.

People in Hartlepool have spoken of their sadness at the “terrible blow” on the Mail’s Facebook page.

Gweneth Porter said: “Sad news, I remember it from every Friday night ritual during my teenage years, felt like the Queen ordering a dry ginger with my friend Margaret before we went to the Forum.”

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Martin Geraghty said: “Worked there for a few year's when it was owned by British Transport Hotels. Loved Hartlepool.”

Scott W L Ford said: “A terrible blow for many people. I think it took everything/everyone by surprise.”

Julie Dixon said: “OMG! So sad! Sorry to hear this.”

Barbara Holman said: “What a shame so sad this Hotel was a posh place to stay in its day I went to a Dinner Dance there.”

Kimberley Anderson said: “People will have weddings booked in for next year, bless them. It’s so sad.”

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A number of happy couples commented, some saying they were making efforts to get refunds on deposits, and discussed the methods available.

Lynsey Lou was among them, but said her l attachment to the venue meant more than the money

She said: “I'd rather have that venue rather than any money back, it was perfect for our guests with it being central for everyone and had affordable accommodation for those who wanted to stay.

“I really didn't want to go anywhere else. I'm not wanting magical castles etc, just somewhere nice for us all to be together. Absolutely gutted.”

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