‘A chance for Grantham to say goodbye’

John Lax at The Shirley Croft Hotel. 626B
John Lax at The Shirley Croft Hotel. 626B
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THERE will be a chance to say a final farewell to one of Grantham’s oldest and most loved hotels at an upcoming open day.

Many Granthamians will remember special occasions hosted at the Shirley Croft hotel, in Harrowby Road. Wedding receptions, birthdays, family reunions - the venue was a first choice for many.

John Lax at The Shirley Croft Hotel. 626B

John Lax at The Shirley Croft Hotel. 626B

Then three years ago, John Lax, who has owned the hotel for 36 years, was forced to sell the business.

A decline in business and the loss of his wife contributed to the closure of the hotel.

He said: “Eighteen months before we closed my wife died, which made running the hotel difficult - she did all the administration.

“New hotels in the town meant we lost a lot of business and we were not making any money.”

John Lax at The Shirley Croft Hotel. 626B

John Lax at The Shirley Croft Hotel. 626B

Mr Lax, 67, has now decided to hold an open day to give the people of Grantham the chance to not only bid it farewell, but to also own a small part of the hotel, with everything from sofas to spoons up for sale. Proceeds will be donated to Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London.

Mr Lax believes people in Grantham will miss the hotel.

He said: “People know the place, they have been for wedding receptions and parties here. Now people are going abroad for holidays. I think people will miss it.”

Developers are set to demolish the hotel and hope to build properties on the site.

John Lax at The Shirley Croft Hotel. 626B

John Lax at The Shirley Croft Hotel. 626B

l The open day starts at 10am, Sunday, August 21, and all are welcome to go along.