A Brief Encounter at Lancaster Town Hall

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Every now and then I get to have a night out and take some pictures for my own pleasure. Last Saturday was one such evening. After a fab day selling my wares at the Handmade and Vintage Festive Market at The Storey in Lancaster along with several of my fellow Morecambe Artist Colony pals, I joined Mrs Beanphoto in the beautiful surroundings of the Ashton Hall in Lancaster Town Hall for a job she was working. As Itsy Bitsy Vintage, she provides the most beautiful vintage china for weddings and other events. The event that day was a vintage afternoon (evening really) tea for 100 people, and a screening of the David Lean/Noel Coward classic “Brief Encounter”. Locals will know that the film was partially filmed at Carnforth Railway Station just down the road, and the Dukes (who were hosting the event) had done a great job in styling the room to take us back to the 1940’s. The huge clock, a railway carriage door for posing and dressing up, swing dance lessons, a vintage snapper, live music and actors recreating scenes from the movie at the tables… it was just great! The china teapots, cups and saucers and the 3 tier cake stands with sandwiches and cupcakes were beautiful. The waitresses in their 40’s ‘Refreshment Room’ outfits were most attentive with refills of tea and coffee, and the film (ok I’ve watched it a dozen times) was fab once again!

Of course with all of that going on I couldn’t resist taking some photos…