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Matlock: Smedley's Christmas Banquet Menus, 1928 & 1929
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1928 | 1929

The Front Cover, 1928.
Tuesday, 25th December 1928, 7.00p.m.

This Banquet Menu belonged to a former employee of Smedley's Hydro, Nurse Wood.

Inside the outer card cover was a folded programme, printed on paper.

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Harry Douglas, the hotel's Manager, gave many Organ Recitals

Dining Room before 1914. Includes the 1900 Banquet menu

In the Vernon Lamb Archive:

Staff with celebration cakes

Menu 1928
The 1928 title page (above, right)

Menu 1928
The 1928 programme of the music and the menu are in the centrefold.

The final page, inside the back cover, contained a seasonal greeting and a picture of the hydro.
The menu was produced for the hydro by Bunney's Ltd. of Liverpool.

There was no accompanying wine list in 1928
but by this time those guests who wanted to consume alcohol were able to send out for wine from local off licences.

Programme for Christmas and New Year, 1928-9

Front cover
List of events

This is the first time that the name of a performer, in this case Mr. Nelson Jackson, was included in one of these programmes.
According to The Stage for that year he performed at concerts and had "a pleasant humour". He was also a composer and pianist.

Christmas Banquet Menu, 1929
Wednesday, 25th December 1929, 7p.m.

Front cover. The coloured and printed turkey image is cut out and glued on.
Therefore, as this will have been hand done, it means that every 1929 menu that still exists will be unique.
The work could be described as decoupage, although no varish or sealant has been applied in this instance.

Centrefold of the 1929 programme, listing the music and the menu.

Programme for Christmas and New Year, 1929-30

Front cover
List of events

Harley and Barker, the entertainers on 21st December, performed light songs and harmonies at the piano.

Smedley menu 1928 © Malcolm Reynard, from his personal collection.
1928-9 events programme © Ann Andrews collection. Added 2019.
1929 menu and 1929-30 Christmas and New year programme © Ann Andrews collection. Added 2019.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.