Brothers hope revamped Immingham hotel will make another hundred years of history
TWO brothers have breathed new life into The County Hotel, in Immingham, preparing it for another 100 years of trade.
A plaque was put up by Willie and Jimmy Weir to mark the 100th anniversary of the hotel, which in the past had notable visitors such as King George V and Lord Louis Mountbatten during its first century.
It has been given a new lease of life and plush look following an extensive refurbishment.
The hotel is now once again a focal point for the local community.
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Willie, who clocked-up 30 years working in the railway industry, changed track and took up a new career as bar owner and hotelier.
He said: "The hotel was on the market and despite us having no experience whatsoever, we decided to go for it.
"When I first opened the doors, I though it was a dump. It was a lovely old building but had no life to it.
"We've turned it around and aim to offer a quality service at the right price."
King George V is reported to have visited when he came to open the docks at Immingham 100 years ago.
Lord Louis Mountbatten also visited the port and stayed at the hotel during the Second World War when he toured the naval capabilities in the Humber.
Willie added: "It is a building with a fantastic history and we are delighted to bring new life into the place. You have to speculate to accumulate and we have invested a lot of resources and time into the hotel."
Jimmy said: "We are supporting a number of charities from the hotel and will have a number of events coming up to help support good causes."
The brothers have appointed chef Michael Burley, who regularly provides lunches for more than 200 diners.
The large restaurant and kitchens also supply takeaways and caters for celebratory functions.
As reported, the hotel was recently the starting point for a walk in memory of Immingham schoolgirl Shannon Davis who died from leukaemia last year.
The venue laid on refreshments and food for the walkers, who trekked across the Humber Bridge.
Willie donated a Jagermeister train with 100 drinks for £1 each, instead of the normal price of £3, and all the proceeds were given to Sheffield Children's Hospital, where Shannon was treated.
The hotel will host a charity extravaganza on Thursday, February 28, from 7pm, with live music in aid of the NSPCC, which is one of the charities supported by the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Mike Burton, of Immingham. Money will also be raised for the Masonic Boys And Girls Fund in Immingham.