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East lodge sponsor literary speech by Dowager Duchess

Posted on Tuesday, 27 April 2010 09:43AM by
Multi award-winning Derbyshire hotel and restaurant, East Lodge, will be in a literary mood this summer, as the hotel is sponsoring one of the literary speeches at the Buxton Festival this year, being given by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.

The Buxton Festival will be talking place between the 7-25 July and East Lodge is extending and developing its relationship with the event. In addition to sponsoring the speech by the Dowager Duchess, East Lodge is also sending its star chefs to give people ‘A Taste of the Peaks’ at the stunning Derbyshire Dome on the 17 July.

The literary speeches always prove to be a popular draw and this speech involving the Dowager Duchess will be no exception. Entitled ‘The Mitford Sisters’, the speech is being presented by Charlotte Mosley, daughter-in-law of Diana Mitford and Oswald Mosley and together with the Dowager Duchess, each will be bringing to life the letters and relationships of the six glamorous Mitford sisters.

As the last surviving Mitford sister, the Her Grace has packed an amazing amount into over 90 years of life, including the transformation of Chatsworth House into one of the region’s premier tourist destinations and her speech is already sold out and keenly anticipated.

As the closest hotel to Chatsworth House, East Lodge was a natural choice to sponsor the speech by Her Grace and comes in the wake of the hotel sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to the Dowager Duchess at the Visit Peak District Tourism Awards back in March.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring another event in connection with the Dowager Duchess” said East Lodge owner David Hardman. “We are always keen to be involved in the Buxton Festival and our chefs taking part, together with sponsoring this literary speech will ensure East Lodge plays its full part in the success of the festival.”

The Buxton Festival can trace its roots back to 1936, when an annual drama festival was held (in conjunction with London’s famous Old Vic Theatre) until 1942 when the war intervened. During the 1970s, the festival was known (perhaps surprisingly) as one of the UK’s most prominent rock venues and major bands of the day took part. Today the focus has returned very much to the arts in terms of performance, opera and food and drink, which has led East Lodge to be involved on the culinary side in the past and again this year.

East Lodge is owned by the Hardman family and has picked up a wide range of prestigious accolades over recent years. The hotel has again achieved the coveted AA “Inspectors’ Choice” accolade with three red stars for 2010, placing it within the top 150 hotels in the UK and East Lodge is one of just 48 hotels in UK presented with a Visit England Gold Award.

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