Pavilion at 80 re-evokes the Golden Age

Photos by Sin Bozkurt� for De La Warr Pavilion 80th Anniversary SUS-151216-072758001
Photos by Sin Bozkurt� for De La Warr Pavilion 80th Anniversary SUS-151216-072758001
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The De La Warr Pavilion turned back the clock to the Jazz Age to mark its 80th birthday at the weekend.

More than 4,000 people, many in period costume, converged on the iconic building to take part in the celebrations, which saw more than 100 vintage cars of the period, flappers, cocktails and an orchestra playing Swing and Ragtime.

Photos by Sin Bozkurt� for De La Warr Pavilion 80th Anniversary SUS-151216-072122001

Photos by Sin Bozkurt� for De La Warr Pavilion 80th Anniversary SUS-151216-072122001

De La Warr Director Stewart Drew said: “The ‘People’s Palace’ really lived up to its name. It was brilliant to have the support of Eddie Izzard and his father John, who was there at the opening in 1935.

“The biggest thank you must go to Roger Crouch who helped organise the event and worked tirelessly to make it the success it was.”

The 21st century De La Warr Pavilion is still inspired by the Earl’s original vision, in 1935, of “This new venture of ours, a venture which is going to lead to the growth, prosperity and greater culture of this our town”.

The Earl went on to influence the thinking that led to the formation of the Arts Council and a Thameside festival, later to become the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Photos by Sin Bozkurt� for De La Warr Pavilion 80th Anniversary SUS-151216-071638001

Photos by Sin Bozkurt� for De La Warr Pavilion 80th Anniversary SUS-151216-071638001

Pictures supplied by De La Warr and Derek Canty.

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De La Warr 80th Anniversary. Photo by Derek Canty SUS-151214-133541001

De La Warr 80th Anniversary. Photo by Derek Canty SUS-151214-133541001