Vintage event provides good experience

College students at the Vintage-by-the-Sea festival.
College students at the Vintage-by-the-Sea festival.

Students at Lancaster & Morecambe College were able to witness first-hand the roaring success of the Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea event when they took up the opportunity to gain some work experience at the occasion.

During the planning stages of the 80th birthday celebrations of The Midland Hotel, a group of college catering students were offered the chance to work the event, where they were able to experience a range of different catering styles including afternoon tea, lunch, snacks and an evening dinner.

The students, who are all in their first and second years at college, were all well looked after by The Midlandstaff where they were faced with serving hundreds of customers during the event.

For one day only, the Vintage-by-the-Sea Festival, organised by resort-born Wayne Hemingway MBE, transformed the hotel and surrounding landscape for a celebration of music, fashion, film, art, dance, food and design from those halcyon days when the Midland Hotel opened in 1933.

Deborah Cain, manager of the college’s Coulsons Restaurant, said: “I was so proud of the students; they worked so hard and were a credit to the college.”

Bradley Pilkington, first year catering student, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed working with all The Midland staff. It was great experience for us all.”