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Take your partners for an evening of dancing; Hotel to revive ballroomglory era.

A HOTEL is planning to roll back the years and revive Coventry's ballroom glory days.

Senior managers at the Leofric Hotel, in the city centre, are staging an evening of ballroom dancing in April.

It will be the first in a series of nostalgic nights which promise to throw back to the days when the Rialto Casino, the Orchid and the Locarno were the places to be seen.David Walker, senior manager at the Leofric, said: "Many people have written to the Evening Telegraph to say there is little in the way of entertainment for middle-aged and older people in the city centre.

"Similarly ballroom dancers frequently complain of the lack of facilities.

"We have decided to take action to rectify both of these complaints."

The first dance evening will be held on April 7, featuring the Midlands Dance Orchestra, Don Mather and the Miller Men.

The function will also star vocalist John Brennan, who has frequently been heard with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Mr Walker said that for many years the city boasted a number of ballrooms and the banqueting suite of the Leofric Hotel, where the functions are planned, was one of the few left.

Events are due to be held every six weeks building up to a gala ball at the end of the year. Tickets for the April event are now available, priced pounds 5 or pounds 4 for senior citizens and concessions. For details call the hotel on 01203 221371.

The ballroom revival follows the news last week that professional boxing is to return to the Leofric after a gap of almost five years.

Four six-round bouts will be staged at the hotel on Monday April 10.

Leicester-based promoter Johnny Griffin has formed the Leofric Sporting Club and hopes the fights will become regular events.

The first bill will include undefeated Coventry boxers Gareth Payne and Andy Egan.

It is hoped that "Blond Bombshell" Billy Walker will be guest speaker at the event.

Tickets cost pounds 45 and anyone wanting tickets or table reservations for the dinner should contact the hotel.
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Author:Steedman, Josie
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 22, 2000
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