We always find New Year’s Eve a funny night and over the past few years we have, like lots of other people, adopted the PJ’s, pizza and film approach to bringing in the new year. After the stress of last minute preparations for our daughter’s January 2nd wedding last year we decided to go for a different way to celebrate the arrival of 2017.
Having decided to watch the fireworks from our room we grabbed a few midnight snacks and a bottle of champagne for later and dropped them off in our rooms
The Bridgewater Hall had really excelled with their theming for the night. ”A Night at the Oscars” meant we walked a red carpet complete with paparazzi snapping you as you walked past and found very large film themed props everywhere for you to use in your own pics. There was music and entertainment in the foyer and the building was beautifully decorated. The concert was everything we had hoped for. Manchester Camerata are a very exciting orchestra – the last time we had seen them was for the wonderful Hacienda Classical – a must see if you haven’t yet. They took us on a journey from West Side Story to James Bond with Disney, ET, Gladiator and much more thrown in. They even managed a moving tribute to Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, following their sad deaths during the Christmas period, with John William’s Princess Leia’s theme followed by Singing in the Rain. Louise Dearman and Oliver Tompsett joined the orchestra throughout the night and their Bond solos at the end brought the house down. Just time for a mass singing of Auld Lang Syne followed by the 633 squadron and it was time to hit the fireworks.
We managed to change into PJ’s and the hotel gowns (got to keep up some traditions) just in time for the fireworks, champagne and hummus! The view from our window was amazing and the fireworks were great! We even had a birds eye view of a massive traffic jam down Deansgate!
Best New Year’s Eve we’ve had for a long time and breakfast in the hotel the next morning in the Cloud 23 executive bar finished off a perfect couple of days!
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