Brides clamour for a bit of TOWIE glamour at the Grand Hotel in Leigh

Brides clamour for a bit of TOWIE glamour at the Grand Hotel in Leigh

Brides clamour for a bit of TOWIE glamour at the Grand Hotel in Leigh

First published in News

BRIDES-TO-BE are said to be clamouring for the glamour of a wedding in Leigh’s Grand Hotel once the famous landmark is open again.

Owner Mick Norcross, who used to be the BBC docu-soap, the Only Way is Essex, has been transforming the Leigh Broadway landmark into a boutique hotel and restaurant since the end of 2011.

In the past he has made no secret of his hopes to get the Victorian building licensed as a wedding venue once the work is complete.

Bridal shop owner Julie Steadman, 43, who runs Blush Brides, in Rawreth, but lives in Leigh, says many of her customers are keen to bring a bit of Towie glamour to their big days.

She said: “My brides are quite glamorous and they’re always looking for somewhere where nobody else has got married, somewhere new.

“They know I live in Leigh, so they do ask if the Grand is going to be available for receptions and weddings.

“It’s very popular now to have both in the same place and people are assuming the Grand is going to be very glamorous, so I’ve asked Mick to keep in touch with me about the progress on that.”

Word about the hotel’s renovation work is clearly out, with customers from as far afield as Rayleigh, Wickford, Southend, Billericay and Brentwood asking about the venue.

Before weddings can be held at the Grand, Southend Council will need to issue a licence, though a council spokesman said Mr Norcross had yet to apply for one.

The Grand was built in 1899 in the Queen Anne revival style, popular from the end of the 19th century until the beginning of the First World War.

Originally called the Family and Commercial Hotel, it was renamed the Grand in 1910.

It closed in 2008, and fell into a state of disrepair until Mr Norcross, who also owns the Sugar Hut nightclub in Brentwood, took it on.

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8:08am Tue 26 Aug 14

Leighdweller says...

BBC Docu soap?
BBC Docu soap? Leighdweller
  • Score: 3

8:29am Tue 26 Aug 14

shoess3 says...

As far afield as Rayleigh and Southend! Before you know it they'll be coming from even further afield, maybe Basildon?
As far afield as Rayleigh and Southend! Before you know it they'll be coming from even further afield, maybe Basildon? shoess3
  • Score: 29

8:42am Tue 26 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Owner Mick Norcross, who used to be the BBC docu-soap,


Arr yes i remember Mick in Eldorado, did he play Bunny.?

might be sometime yet for tacky weddings Julie, as right now its being used as a massive litter bin, some take out place has even dumped lots of catering sized chips and packaging there, theres a nice collection of drink bottles and not much action inside.

and nice free advert for Julie, guess the Echo fell for it hook line and stinker, others have to pay for commercial advertising.
Owner Mick Norcross, who used to be the BBC docu-soap, Arr yes i remember Mick in Eldorado, did he play Bunny.? might be sometime yet for tacky weddings Julie, as right now its being used as a massive litter bin, some take out place has even dumped lots of catering sized chips and packaging there, theres a nice collection of drink bottles and not much action inside. and nice free advert for Julie, guess the Echo fell for it hook line and stinker, others have to pay for commercial advertising. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 16

9:07am Tue 26 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

this is what leigh needs right now, a bit of class and TOWIE glamour, a welcome relief from the riff raff and dregs falling out of the mariners on a friday night..... lets hope the smell of a large doner doesn't put the bride off too much though.....
this is what leigh needs right now, a bit of class and TOWIE glamour, a welcome relief from the riff raff and dregs falling out of the mariners on a friday night..... lets hope the smell of a large doner doesn't put the bride off too much though..... pembury53
  • Score: -1

9:07am Tue 26 Aug 14

The King of Southend says...

Leigh has been going downhill ever since The Grand slipped into decline.

The last thing the town needs is another tacky bar full of permatanned idiots.
Leigh has been going downhill ever since The Grand slipped into decline. The last thing the town needs is another tacky bar full of permatanned idiots. The King of Southend
  • Score: 32

9:31am Tue 26 Aug 14

Feminism is Dead says...

The King of Southend wrote:
Leigh has been going downhill ever since The Grand slipped into decline.

The last thing the town needs is another tacky bar full of permatanned idiots.
Leigh has been going downhill since the early 1990's.
[quote][p][bold]The King of Southend[/bold] wrote: Leigh has been going downhill ever since The Grand slipped into decline. The last thing the town needs is another tacky bar full of permatanned idiots.[/p][/quote]Leigh has been going downhill since the early 1990's. Feminism is Dead
  • Score: 12

11:12am Tue 26 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

"Word about the hotel’s renovation work is clearly out, with customers from as far afield as Rayleigh, Wickford, Southend, Billericay and Brentwood asking about the venue."

Since when were Rayleigh, Wickford, Southend and Billericay in Outer Mongolia?
"Word about the hotel’s renovation work is clearly out, with customers from as far afield as Rayleigh, Wickford, Southend, Billericay and Brentwood asking about the venue." Since when were Rayleigh, Wickford, Southend and Billericay in Outer Mongolia? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 14

11:15am Tue 26 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

They'll be queueing up for a facial in the spa....

There will be enough one wrist merchants in there to supply them....
They'll be queueing up for a facial in the spa.... There will be enough one wrist merchants in there to supply them.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

11:19am Tue 26 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

"She said: “My brides are quite glamorous and they’re always looking for somewhere where nobody else has got married, somewhere new."

Well if the brides are "clamouring" it won't be somewhere nobody else has got married will it? Durr!

As for TOWIE.. do people REALLY want to be associated with Tacksville on Thames? I agree with the person above.. we need fewer permatanned, plastic boobed idiots, not more.

I hate the way Essex is associated with this image. It has much more going for it than a few talentless "celeb" airheads.

This hotel was established during an age of real glamour and should be restored sympathetically and the marketing should be aimed at people who want real old time class and culture, not the sort of dross that slavishly follows the exploits of a few plastic nobodies and worse still, wants to emulate them.
"She said: “My brides are quite glamorous and they’re always looking for somewhere where nobody else has got married, somewhere new." Well if the brides are "clamouring" it won't be somewhere nobody else has got married will it? Durr! As for TOWIE.. do people REALLY want to be associated with Tacksville on Thames? I agree with the person above.. we need fewer permatanned, plastic boobed idiots, not more. I hate the way Essex is associated with this image. It has much more going for it than a few talentless "celeb" airheads. This hotel was established during an age of real glamour and should be restored sympathetically and the marketing should be aimed at people who want real old time class and culture, not the sort of dross that slavishly follows the exploits of a few plastic nobodies and worse still, wants to emulate them. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 29

11:20am Tue 26 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

Leighdweller wrote:
BBC Docu soap?
Please... no... I'd rather watch a Libdem conference on a continuous loop or the world chess championship.
[quote][p][bold]Leighdweller[/bold] wrote: BBC Docu soap?[/p][/quote]Please... no... I'd rather watch a Libdem conference on a continuous loop or the world chess championship. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 14

11:21am Tue 26 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

pembury53 wrote:
this is what leigh needs right now, a bit of class and TOWIE glamour, a welcome relief from the riff raff and dregs falling out of the mariners on a friday night..... lets hope the smell of a large doner doesn't put the bride off too much though.....
"Class" and "TOWIE" in the same sentence? I think not.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: this is what leigh needs right now, a bit of class and TOWIE glamour, a welcome relief from the riff raff and dregs falling out of the mariners on a friday night..... lets hope the smell of a large doner doesn't put the bride off too much though.....[/p][/quote]"Class" and "TOWIE" in the same sentence? I think not. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 28

12:16pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Hawthorne says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"She said: “My brides are quite glamorous and they’re always looking for somewhere where nobody else has got married, somewhere new."

Well if the brides are "clamouring" it won't be somewhere nobody else has got married will it? Durr!

As for TOWIE.. do people REALLY want to be associated with Tacksville on Thames? I agree with the person above.. we need fewer permatanned, plastic boobed idiots, not more.

I hate the way Essex is associated with this image. It has much more going for it than a few talentless "celeb" airheads.

This hotel was established during an age of real glamour and should be restored sympathetically and the marketing should be aimed at people who want real old time class and culture, not the sort of dross that slavishly follows the exploits of a few plastic nobodies and worse still, wants to emulate them.
Can I suggest that if you want some influence on a) how the renovation is carried out, and b) the clientele that use the place, then perhaps it should have been you that bought it? As it wasn't, then perhaps you ought to leave stuff like that to the owner? That's how the world works after all.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "She said: “My brides are quite glamorous and they’re always looking for somewhere where nobody else has got married, somewhere new." Well if the brides are "clamouring" it won't be somewhere nobody else has got married will it? Durr! As for TOWIE.. do people REALLY want to be associated with Tacksville on Thames? I agree with the person above.. we need fewer permatanned, plastic boobed idiots, not more. I hate the way Essex is associated with this image. It has much more going for it than a few talentless "celeb" airheads. This hotel was established during an age of real glamour and should be restored sympathetically and the marketing should be aimed at people who want real old time class and culture, not the sort of dross that slavishly follows the exploits of a few plastic nobodies and worse still, wants to emulate them.[/p][/quote]Can I suggest that if you want some influence on a) how the renovation is carried out, and b) the clientele that use the place, then perhaps it should have been you that bought it? As it wasn't, then perhaps you ought to leave stuff like that to the owner? That's how the world works after all. Hawthorne
  • Score: 9

1:29pm Tue 26 Aug 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Another example of the Echo's obsession for TOWIE.

Please stop mentioning TOWIE in every story involving the Grand or its new owner Mr Norcross.
He's no longer associated with the programme, it's not a TOWIE spin off, don't do it Echo, please, just don't do it.

And as for Julie Steadman, have her brides REALLY said they are keen to bring a bit of TOWIE glamour to their big days or are they just saying the Grand will be a good wedding venue when it's finished.
Another example of the Echo's obsession for TOWIE. Please stop mentioning TOWIE in every story involving the Grand or its new owner Mr Norcross. He's no longer associated with the programme, it's not a TOWIE spin off, don't do it Echo, please, just don't do it. And as for Julie Steadman, have her brides REALLY said they are keen to bring a bit of TOWIE glamour to their big days or are they just saying the Grand will be a good wedding venue when it's finished. stopmoaning1
  • Score: 24

2:17pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Broadwaywatch says...

Is this not just a bit of free publicity for this Bridal Shop?
Nothing has happened to the Grand for Ages. Yes some boarding went up. A few bits were deposited down a cute into a skip. The windows were boarded up and that was it. Nothing else seen to be done or in fact anyone seen for weeks. So brides to be I wouldn't rush to book a date or have a fitting ready for your Big Day . We in Leigh are still waiting for Mr Norcross to make a real big start on the Grand and keep going till completion. At the moment it appears to be still very much in disrepair
Is this not just a bit of free publicity for this Bridal Shop? Nothing has happened to the Grand for Ages. Yes some boarding went up. A few bits were deposited down a cute into a skip. The windows were boarded up and that was it. Nothing else seen to be done or in fact anyone seen for weeks. So brides to be I wouldn't rush to book a date or have a fitting ready for your Big Day . We in Leigh are still waiting for Mr Norcross to make a real big start on the Grand and keep going till completion. At the moment it appears to be still very much in disrepair Broadwaywatch
  • Score: 13

2:29pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Broadwaywatch wrote:
Is this not just a bit of free publicity for this Bridal Shop?
Nothing has happened to the Grand for Ages. Yes some boarding went up. A few bits were deposited down a cute into a skip. The windows were boarded up and that was it. Nothing else seen to be done or in fact anyone seen for weeks. So brides to be I wouldn't rush to book a date or have a fitting ready for your Big Day . We in Leigh are still waiting for Mr Norcross to make a real big start on the Grand and keep going till completion. At the moment it appears to be still very much in disrepair
I reckon someone is using it to grow vast amounts of weed in or something equally nefarious is going on in there.

Either that or its next in line for the serial arsonists of the area....
[quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: Is this not just a bit of free publicity for this Bridal Shop? Nothing has happened to the Grand for Ages. Yes some boarding went up. A few bits were deposited down a cute into a skip. The windows were boarded up and that was it. Nothing else seen to be done or in fact anyone seen for weeks. So brides to be I wouldn't rush to book a date or have a fitting ready for your Big Day . We in Leigh are still waiting for Mr Norcross to make a real big start on the Grand and keep going till completion. At the moment it appears to be still very much in disrepair[/p][/quote]I reckon someone is using it to grow vast amounts of weed in or something equally nefarious is going on in there. Either that or its next in line for the serial arsonists of the area.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 6

4:02pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Broadwaywatch wrote:
Is this not just a bit of free publicity for this Bridal Shop?
Nothing has happened to the Grand for Ages. Yes some boarding went up. A few bits were deposited down a cute into a skip. The windows were boarded up and that was it. Nothing else seen to be done or in fact anyone seen for weeks. So brides to be I wouldn't rush to book a date or have a fitting ready for your Big Day . We in Leigh are still waiting for Mr Norcross to make a real big start on the Grand and keep going till completion. At the moment it appears to be still very much in disrepair
Do you think the bloke that was there for a week or so has downed tools?
[quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: Is this not just a bit of free publicity for this Bridal Shop? Nothing has happened to the Grand for Ages. Yes some boarding went up. A few bits were deposited down a cute into a skip. The windows were boarded up and that was it. Nothing else seen to be done or in fact anyone seen for weeks. So brides to be I wouldn't rush to book a date or have a fitting ready for your Big Day . We in Leigh are still waiting for Mr Norcross to make a real big start on the Grand and keep going till completion. At the moment it appears to be still very much in disrepair[/p][/quote]Do you think the bloke that was there for a week or so has downed tools? Robin Reliant
  • Score: 6

10:54pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Broadwaywatch says...

Maybe
Maybe Broadwaywatch
  • Score: 1

8:11am Wed 27 Aug 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"She said: “My brides are quite glamorous and they’re always looking for somewhere where nobody else has got married, somewhere new."

Well if the brides are "clamouring" it won't be somewhere nobody else has got married will it? Durr!

As for TOWIE.. do people REALLY want to be associated with Tacksville on Thames? I agree with the person above.. we need fewer permatanned, plastic boobed idiots, not more.

I hate the way Essex is associated with this image. It has much more going for it than a few talentless "celeb" airheads.

This hotel was established during an age of real glamour and should be restored sympathetically and the marketing should be aimed at people who want real old time class and culture, not the sort of dross that slavishly follows the exploits of a few plastic nobodies and worse still, wants to emulate them.
Agree this building needs to be restored to it's former Edwardian glory, from etched windows oak flooring real fireplaces with ability to attract class, withthe only addition of TOWIE being the sight of a distant rabble heading towards the chippy...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "She said: “My brides are quite glamorous and they’re always looking for somewhere where nobody else has got married, somewhere new." Well if the brides are "clamouring" it won't be somewhere nobody else has got married will it? Durr! As for TOWIE.. do people REALLY want to be associated with Tacksville on Thames? I agree with the person above.. we need fewer permatanned, plastic boobed idiots, not more. I hate the way Essex is associated with this image. It has much more going for it than a few talentless "celeb" airheads. This hotel was established during an age of real glamour and should be restored sympathetically and the marketing should be aimed at people who want real old time class and culture, not the sort of dross that slavishly follows the exploits of a few plastic nobodies and worse still, wants to emulate them.[/p][/quote]Agree this building needs to be restored to it's former Edwardian glory, from etched windows oak flooring real fireplaces with ability to attract class, withthe only addition of TOWIE being the sight of a distant rabble heading towards the chippy... VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 4

11:03am Wed 27 Aug 14

heartbeat says...

Broadwaywatch wrote:
Is this not just a bit of free publicity for this Bridal Shop?
Nothing has happened to the Grand for Ages. Yes some boarding went up. A few bits were deposited down a cute into a skip. The windows were boarded up and that was it. Nothing else seen to be done or in fact anyone seen for weeks. So brides to be I wouldn't rush to book a date or have a fitting ready for your Big Day . We in Leigh are still waiting for Mr Norcross to make a real big start on the Grand and keep going till completion. At the moment it appears to be still very much in disrepair
It sounds as though the bridal shop owner and Mr. Norcross are in partnership of sorts and have gone to the Echo to get more free publicity for their businesses. The article sounds as though it's been designed to plant the idea of a "Grand" (lol) wedding into the heads of wannabe TOWIE-fan brides and bridegrooms....all of a sudden it's the place to be seen getting married. (Or maybe not, depending on your own perspective!!!).
[quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: Is this not just a bit of free publicity for this Bridal Shop? Nothing has happened to the Grand for Ages. Yes some boarding went up. A few bits were deposited down a cute into a skip. The windows were boarded up and that was it. Nothing else seen to be done or in fact anyone seen for weeks. So brides to be I wouldn't rush to book a date or have a fitting ready for your Big Day . We in Leigh are still waiting for Mr Norcross to make a real big start on the Grand and keep going till completion. At the moment it appears to be still very much in disrepair[/p][/quote]It sounds as though the bridal shop owner and Mr. Norcross are in partnership of sorts and have gone to the Echo to get more free publicity for their businesses. The article sounds as though it's been designed to plant the idea of a "Grand" (lol) wedding into the heads of wannabe TOWIE-fan brides and bridegrooms....all of a sudden it's the place to be seen getting married. (Or maybe not, depending on your own perspective!!!). heartbeat
  • Score: 2

12:12pm Wed 27 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

These so called developers, have wasted most of the Summer doing sweet F.A don't expect they will be replacing those windows in Autumn which point to a collapse in its renovation plans, await the next story....
These so called developers, have wasted most of the Summer doing sweet F.A don't expect they will be replacing those windows in Autumn which point to a collapse in its renovation plans, await the next story.... sesibollox
  • Score: 1

6:51pm Wed 27 Aug 14

ccd says...

TOWIE glamour - oxymoron?
TOWIE glamour - oxymoron? ccd
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Thu 28 Aug 14

commonsense9 says...

All she said was her brides were looking for a new glamorous venue
All she said was her brides were looking for a new glamorous venue commonsense9
  • Score: 0

7:33pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

commonsense9 wrote:
All she said was her brides were looking for a new glamorous venue
We just have her word for that.
[quote][p][bold]commonsense9[/bold] wrote: All she said was her brides were looking for a new glamorous venue[/p][/quote]We just have her word for that. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 1
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