Lancashire

Morecambe hotel reopens after Storm Erik blows roof off

Midland Hotel roof damage
Image caption Guests were moved to other hotels before being allowed to return on Sunday

Guests were evacuated after strong winds blew off a section of the roof of a landmark hotel.

Aluminium and steel cladding was blown from the Midland Hotel in Morecambe on Saturday morning.

Nobody was injured but several cars were damaged in the hotel's car park and the building was closed, before reopening on Sunday.

Gusts of wind as high as 67mph (108kph) were recorded nearby as Storm Erik battered parts of the UK.

The panels were blown down at about 03:55 GMT, according to a spokesman for English Lakes Hotels, which manages the hotel.

Image caption The hotel was closed on Saturday but has since fully reopened

"The hotel was closed from Saturday morning for safety reasons," the spokesman added.

"Several cars were damaged in the car park and surrounding areas and some outside furniture was damaged."

Guests were transferred to other hotels managed by English Lakes.

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Image caption There were no injuries reported and the hotel reopened on Sunday morning

The Grade II-listed hotel was opened in 1933 by the London Midland and Scottish Railway company and designed with a curved frontage to give each room a view across Morecambe Bay.

The Midland had become run down before being revamped and reopened in 2008.

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