The red carpet was rolled out as one of the most dazzling parties Manchester has seen this year took place to launch The Point, the new £12 million conference and events venue at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
The party commenced with Manchester’s world-famous Halle Orchestra being spectacularly unveiled to over 500 guests as the blinds on the Mezzanine level were slowly raised to the accompaniment of the theme from Superman.
Guests looked on in awe as they took their seats in the main suite, which was decorated lavishly in black and gold, with a display of flowers that would not have looked out of place at the Chelsea flower show.
The Point’s sales manager Peter Ash said: “The launch was our chance to show the venue off at its very best and judging from the many positive comments received we achieved our aim. From a great menu, produced by our catering team and Paul Heathcote to the outstanding décor the evening was a great success.”
Peter adds: “It was also quite an emotional evening as earlier in the day one of England’s finest cricketer’s and Lancashire’s favourite, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff announced his retirement from cricket, a sad loss to the game. Freddie joined us at the launch and was kept busy by the party goers wanting his autograph and photo.”
The evening ended with a superb firework display lighting up the famous Old Trafford pitch while inside the Halle received a standing ovation as they performed Nimrod and the finale from Elgar’s Enigma. The perfect ending to the perfect night.
The Point, a purpose-built facility able to accommodate conferences, weddings or formal dinners for up to 1,000 people, is already proving a popular venue with bookings being taken up to 2015.