After throwing its doors open to the public on Friday 12 June, the team at Jurys Inn Swindon held a ceremony to commemorate the launch of the new hotel, on Wednesday, 22 July 2009. The hotel was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Swindon, Rex Barnett who was joined by Scott Cuthbert, Hasney Aljofree and Kurt Hammonds from Swindon Town Football Club. Swindon-based artist Tim Carroll painted a picture of the town especially for the official opening and exhibited a range of his work at Jurys Inn Swindon.
The opening ceremony included a champagne reception, hosted by Andy Gray, General Manager of Jurys Inn Swindon, followed by a lunch for associates of the hotel and local business partners.
The £20 million hotel, which has 229 bedrooms, has proved a huge success since it opened, welcomed by the local community and creating 80 jobs in the area.
During the ceremony, Andy Gray announced a new charity partnership, as the hotel confirmed Swindon based children’s cancer and leukaemia charity, CALM as its Charity of the Year. Richard Crowley, Chairman for the charity was present at the ceremony and offered a few words on the planned collaboration.
Children from CALM will add to Tim Carroll’s exhibition at the hotel by drawing and painting their own pictures of Swindon which will be on display. Tim’s artwork is available for sale with a percentage of proceeds going to the charity.
Andy Gray, General Manager of Jurys Inn Swindon commented:
“We are excited to be officially opening our hotel today and unveiling a fantastic exhibition of Swindon inspired paintings by local artist, Tim Carroll. We’re very pleased that the hotel has become a central part of the community since opening its doors just over a month ago. Many local people have been dropping in to enjoy drinks at the bar with friends and dinner at the restaurant. This week, we would like to warmly welcome the local community to the hotel to enjoy Tim’s art including the wonderful painting he has done to celebrate our official opening.”
Tim Carroll commented:
“Swindon is the inspiration for much of my artwork. I’ve lived in the town since 1969 and have observed and captured its changes over the years through my paintings and drawings of local buildings and landscapes. I was very pleased to be asked by Jurys Inn Swindon to paint a picture to mark the official opening of the hotel which is a new centrepiece of the town.”
For more information about Jurys Inn Swindon, visit www.JurysInns.com