Charity struggling to find new venue after Worthing hotel closure

W35620H11 WH LAST DINNER AT THE BEACH HOTEL PIC S.G. 27.08.2011''The Last Dinner at the Beach Hotel Worthing on Saturday.Some of the Guest at the British Polio Fellowship  South East Lunch W356210h11
W35620H11 WH LAST DINNER AT THE BEACH HOTEL PIC S.G. 27.08.2011''The Last Dinner at the Beach Hotel Worthing on Saturday.Some of the Guest at the British Polio Fellowship South East Lunch W356210h11

WORTHING’S iconic Beach Hotel has closed its doors for the last time – but not before hosting two large luncheons for a charity and loyal guests.

The British Polio Fellowship held its annual lunch, for 120 disabled members and their friends, at the hotel in August.

Jonathan Farnes, owner, said it was the hotel’s last formal luncheon.

Bill Finch, committee member of the fellowship, said: “The Beach has always been an ideal place for our annual lunch.

“Near the sea with lovely facilities, our members have always enjoyed visiting the hotel so it was with great sadness to know we shall not be returning.”

Bill, 80, said the fellowship, which supports people living with the effects of post-polio syndrome, is now struggling to find a suitable venue for its next annual lunch.

Anyone who can suggest a large enough venue should contact Bill on 529057.

Another 135 guests, who were regular visitors to the prestigious seafront hotel, were also invited to a buffet lunch – the very last function hosted by the hotel before it closed for good.

Jonathan and his sister, Linda Martin, are auctioning off the entire contents of the hotel at Campbells auctioneers, High Street, on Saturday, September 17.

Preview viewing will be held on September 15 and 16 from 10am to 4pm.