De La Warr Pavilion’s 80th birthday plans

De La Warr Pavilion staff at its opening in 1935
De La Warr Pavilion staff at its opening in 1935

The De La Warr Pavilion has announced its plans to celebrate it’s 80th birthday later this year.

The pavilion will be going back to 1935 – the year it opened – with vintage cars, flapper dresses and music of the age to mark the anniversary on December 12.

Director and CEO of the pavilion Stewart Drew invited everyone to join them in the celebrations and is looking forward to the next 80 years.

“I’d like to welcome everyone to join us on December 12, to celebrate 80 years of this magnificent building,” he said.

“Bring your family and friends, dress up, have fun and enjoy another milestone in the story of a building that continues to play a part so many people’s lives.

“Let’s look forward to another 80 years!”

To start the anniversary, the pavilion will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm.

The staff and building will be dressed 1930s-style along with cars, cocktails and activites of the period.

There will also be a Punch and Judy show, floral displays and pop-up events for all the family to enjoy and remember.

In the evening The Ragroof Players and The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra present The De La Warr Pavilion Anniversary Tea Dance.

The Ragroof Players will create a fantastic three-hour participatory event featuring a live orchestra and DJs for discerning dancers playing authentic tunes from the 1920s to the 1950s, glamorous costumes, glorious dance displays, and a chance for everyone to get on the dance floor.

Ragroof’s unique instant mini dance classes , interweaved throughout the evening, mean everyone has the chance to learn a few basics, or to hone their skills.

From the Charleston of the 1920s, through the classic songs of the 1930s, to swing and jazz hits, The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra play the greatest dance music and the best jazz age tunes.

Tickets are £27.50 and attendees are asked to dress appropriately for the era.

The Grade I listed building was the first public building in the UK to be built in the Modernist style, by architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff, according to the organisers.

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