Olympics gold medal winner and ex-Portadown College Head Girl Dame Mary Peters will be back in Portadown tonight (Friday) to declare open a major expansion to the Bannview bed and breakfast at Meadow Lane.
Two conference rooms, a board room and six more bedrooms have been added to the complex, owned by Portadown husband and wife Gerald and Joan Black.
Mark, along with Craigavon Mayor Mark Baxter, will unveil the plaque to herald a new era at the Bannview, opened in 1977 with five squash courts and 10 bedrooms, and designed and built by the Blacks.
Now, the number of bedrooms has been increased to 25, and the new ‘floor’ (up on the roof) is complete with balcony, and a putting surface along its length (with one hole) as a fun innovation.
Said Gerald, “We’re delighted that Mary has agreed to come along and open the extension. We are so proud that the building where she started – Bann house, the old Portadown College – can be seen clearly from the balcony across the Bann, where Donald Woodman was her mentor.”
The plaque will be unveiled circa 8pm, and a group of specially invited guests will watch the ceremony.
Mary does not charge for such events, although the Bannview will make a generous donation to her charities.
Architects are DAC Partnerships, and the contractors J. Colvin and Son, Portadown.