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The Midland Hotel celebrates the historic meeting between Rolls and Royce with new installation

1934 Rolls Royce 20/25 Barker Limousine installed in the foyer of The Midland Hotel

To celebrate the history between The Midland Hotel and Rolls Royce, for the hotel’s 120th anniversary this year, a Rolls Royce has been installed in the foyer of the hotel.

It was on May 4th 1904 that the Honourable Mr Charles Rolls met Mr Henry Royce in the Grill Room (now Mount Street Dining Room & Bar), where they had lunch together, looked at the twin cylinder 10hp Mr Royce had designed and decided to go into business together. The first Rolls Royce cars were made in Manchester, with the company leading the way in early motor technology. One of the first Rolls-Royce cars made now sits in Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum, and is one of only three cars remaining of this type.

That historic meeting is celebrated in many ways around The Midland Hotel, with a Rolls Royce Suite, in which guests can upgrade their stay to enjoy the night in a large double bedroom with separate living room, and the Rolls Royce function suite, which can accommodate up to 40 guests. The Midland is also home to a commemorative plaque, which can be found in the foyer, where a 1934 Rolls Royce 20/25 Barker Limousine now sits alongside it.

Members of the public are invited to come and take a look, take pictures and tag @themidlandmanchester on social media.