Venue has welcomed celebrities including the Beatles

Holdsworth House 50th anniversary party, Holmfield.'From the left, Robert and Elizabeth Jackson.
Holdsworth House 50th anniversary party, Holmfield.'From the left, Robert and Elizabeth Jackson.

Holdsworth House marked half a century in business with a special reception attended by more than 100 guests.

The landmark venue - that has accommodated celebrities including the Beatles - was opened in 1963 by Rita and Freddie Pearson, quickly becoming the place to be seen for socialising, eating, drinking and gambling.

Holdsworth House 50th anniversary party, Holmfield.'Matthew Benson-Smith left, and Paul Johnson.

Holdsworth House 50th anniversary party, Holmfield.'Matthew Benson-Smith left, and Paul Johnson.

In 1979 the property - the former Cavalier Country Club - was handed to the couple’s daughters Gail Moss and Kim Pearson and continued to go from strength to strength, going on to boast two AA Rosettes for the food and four stars - the only AA four star hotel in Halifax.

Guests at the celebration marking the special anniversary included customers and local business leaders, council officials and suppliers – many of whom have been supplying the hotel for more than 20 years - who were treated to cocktails in the hotel’s china teacup and saucer sets.

In a heartfelt speech Gail and Kim reminisced about the past 50 years, including when the Beatles came to stay. Gail thanked the team for their loyalty and commitment to customer service. Guests also heard about plans to transform the barn which stands within the hotel grounds at Holmfield as part of a restoration scheme.