YOU can feel the excitement in the air at the former Cinnamon Club, now, once more, the Bowdon Rooms.

Its new owners took over the lease from Neil Hughes when he retired to pursue his jazz festival.

In the midst of a major refurbishment, Anthony and Edward Prophet overflow with excitement.

And that goes for the resident ghost whom they managed to disturb while working their socks off.

One day she even moved their tools.

Anthony said: “We know she’s there because we can hear her giggling and jangling keys.”

Ed is so chuffed at the events they have booked, he can hardly speak.

“We intend to enhance what is offered to people. They can see great shows on their doorstep,” he said.

“Our events will appeal to a broad demographic of people.

“We have already booked Brian McFadden and Brian Blessed.

“We have even booked, for one night only, shows that are appearing in the West End such as Fawlty Towers, Only Fools and Horses and ‘Allo, Allo, along with a meal.

Comedy evenings will be on the cards as will old favourites such as popular band, Dominic Halpin and the Honey Bs.

The highlight will be an intimate gala dinner with Sir Lenny Henry. The brothers say that if anyone plans a wedding or party they can look around right now by ringing 0161 926 8992

Even when the Cinnamon Club was running, brides referred to it as the Bowdon Rooms. Reverting back to that name avoids confusion.

The entrance reminds you of a hotel, the décor and carpets are so perfect.

The place is now much lighter and brighter and seems bigger.

The first floor lounge has a renaissance colour scheme plus a new bar and self-contained toilets.

Anthony said: “One of the main expenses has been to improve the lighting and sound quality. Everything is now 21st century digital.”

Originally called the Bowdon Assembly Rooms, it was built 120 years ago by a rich silk merchant who wanted to teach his wife to dance.

Bowdon Urban District Council took it over 50 years ago and it still belongs to Trafford Borough Council. They hope to launch in September 2020 and would love donations of old photographs of their place.