On Friday, we launched The Dixie Dean Hotel, a brand-new hotel in Liverpool dedicated to Dixie Dean. We marked the opening with an absolutely star-studded event. And, In typical Signature Living style, we laughed, we partied, we celebrated an Everton legend and his enduring legacy – and we unveiled our spectacular hotel.
Missed it? Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered. Join us as we take a look back at what was an amazing evening.
Let’s begin at the beginning. At Signature Living, we’ve cut a few ribbons in our time, that’s for sure, but Friday was even more special than usual.
As blue ticker tape trickled down from the sky and blue champagne was sipped our chairman, Lawrence Kenwright, a boyhood Evertonian, completed his dream to open an Everton hotel in Liverpool.
Described as an “honour” and “a dream come true” by Lawrence, he watched on, his face bursting with pride, as Melanie Prentice – Dixie Dean’s granddaughter – and her mum Barbara, cut the ribbon to The Dixie Dean Hotel.
And here’s Lawrence looking so proud – if not slightly scared. He’s always dreamed of opening an Everton-themed hotel – and he couldn’t have looked happier on Friday.
It could not have been more appropriate for Dixie Dean’s family to cut the ribbon and open what is their dad’s, granddad’s and great granddad’s hotel – a hotel, no doubt, he would have been immensely proud of.
“When the name went up that’s when it became a lot more real, it was wonderful,” said Barbara back in January, not imagining that in six months’ time, she and her daughter Melanie would open The Dixie Dean Hotel in Liverpool.
Dixie Dean’s granddaughter Melanie, who is also the hotels guest relations director, was described by Lawrence as the most popular person within Signature Living – a statement we can only echo. Mel was joined by her mum Barbara, her husband David – who is a hugely respected Everton journalist – and her extremely proud children.
As the entire family mingled with guests and toasted their legacy, we couldn’t have been prouder to have worked alongside them on what has been an absolutely amazing journey, culminating in a hotel they can be proud of.
Known simply as ‘the queen’ by Mel, here’s Barbara in a more intimate moment away from the crowds, raising a glass of blue champagne to her dad and his hotel. We’re sure he’d be proud Barbara.
There’s 111 Everton goals in total in the picture above – Graeme Sharp wasn’t that bad either. Here he was, the second best striker in Everton’s history – the first being Dixie Dean; obviously – looking pleased with is special welcome.
A big thank you from Lawrence and Katie Kenwright to everyone who came along to The Dixie Dean Hotel in Liverpool.
In typical Signature Living style, we were joined by a few famous faces, including comedian Stevo Timothy – also known as ‘Farmer Michael’ – X-Factor contestant Tighto – who performed a medley of Everton-inspired hits – and Coleen Rooney.
We were even happier, however, to welcome a contingent of Everton legends, including goalkeeper Neville Southall, Ian Snodin, Pat Van Den Hauwe – also known as ‘Psycho Pat’ – and Alan Myers, who customarily tweeted his support for the hotel throughout the night.
And, in essence, the entire Everton squad, from Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Seamus Coleman, showed their support for The Dixie Dean Hotel as they were projected onto the building as the night drew to a close.
As much as we want to thank everyone who came along to the opening, we also want to say a big thank you to our amazing staff.
As our guests arrived, our waiters – who were dressed as Dixie Dean – served everyone a glass of blue champagne. Dressed in Dixie’s famous Everton kit from the 1930s, our helpful waiters not only served drinks, but they also passed around a replica of the FA Cup trophy.
Blue was certainly the theme of the evening as guests were encouraged to drink from an opulent champagne skirt and Dixie Dean Hotel ice sculpture.
The Dixie Dean Hotel in Liverpool is now open! Taking its rightful place opposite The Shankly Hotel, The Dixie Dean Hotel provides guests with an unprecedented experience, ideal for overnight stays, watching the match and admiring unseen memorabilia.
The hotel is also home to the spectacular No9 Bar and Restaurant, which celebrates Everton’s greatest ever player and the iconic number he wore whilst cementing his status as a club icon.
Book your stay at The Dixie Dean Hotel here – and get ready for the most amazing stay ever. Our helpful team can’t wait to hear from you, so contact them today on 0151 236 0166 for more information.
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