There were stories of history, critics and ghosts when the man behind the project that’s transforming Acklam Hall was guest speaker at a networking event to mark the launch of the Summer issue of Tees Business.
As owner of Acklam Hall Ltd, Neil Whittingham has turned back the clock for Middlesbrough’s only Grade I Listed building, creating an elegant restaurant, wedding venue and business rooms inside a 17th Century hall that was once home to several generations of the landowning Hustler family.
During a question-and-answer session with Tees Business co-editor Dave Allan at the Acklam Hall event, Whittingham spoke of his drive to restore the venue to its former glory, his passion for a neighbouring health village and hospital and his disappointment with ongoing criticism of the scheme.
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He also revealed how The Grey Lady, a ghost of a woman that is said to have fallen to her death in Acklam Hall, sent shivers down the spine of the venue’s caretaker during refurbishment work.
Whittingham is focus of the cover feature in the 10th issue of Tees Business, which is now being circulated across the Tees business community.
Others in attendance at the event included Middlesbrough Council’s interim chief executive Tony Parkinson (pictured above, right, with Whittingham), Chris Petty of Cornerstone Business Solutions, Alex Ingham of MI Supplies and Nigel Willis of First Choice Labels.
Also there were Marcus Bennett and Jonathan Hall, directors of Plum Jam, who own Yarm restaurant Muse, winner of the second annual Tees Business poll on the region’s best restaurants. Muse’s sister restaurants, The Bay Horse in Hurworth and Cena in Yarm, were placed second and seventh respectively in the poll.
At 72 pages, the new issue of Tees Business is the magazine’s biggest yet.
Tees Business publishers, Resolution Media & Publishing, are now busy working on the second edition of Teesside’s new high-end lifestyle magazine, Tees Life.
Advertising space can be booked from just £145 + VAT in the second issue.