World renowned operatic singer Alfie Boe took a break from the West End to travel back to his Lancashire roots for an exclusive surprise birthday appearance

Guests at Mellor-based Stanley House Hotel and Spa were given a night to remember as singing sensation Alfie Boe took to the stage to celebrate the 90th birthday of hotel owner Mrs Nora Walker.

Acclaimed in his operatic roles and as Jean Valjean in the musical theatre version of Les Misérables, the singer treated Stanley House’s guests to a glittering performance of 10 of his top hits as well as singing Happy Birthday to Mrs Walker, the wife of the late Fred Walker, co-founder of Walker Steel.

The exclusive party, attended by around 70 friends and family, included arrival cocktails followed by a lavish three-course bespoke dinner menu.

Commenting on the evening, Mrs Walker said: “Alfie is my absolute favourite. He performed at the Queen’s 92nd birthday last year, so to have him headline my celebrations was a real dream come true. His performance was outstanding.

“I’m so grateful my wonderful family created such a starry night of surprises – all our guests were as amazed and shocked as I was. It was full of cherished moments and I really don’t know how they managed to keep the evening’s incredible entertainment under wraps.”



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