THE workforce of Burlington Slate raised their glasses in 1989 to celebrate the company’s success in gaining Quality Assurance approval.

More than 200 people, including the workforce, partners and friends, were entertained to dinner by Burlington Slate at the Low Wood hotel on the shores of Windermere.

HISTORY: The Victorian-built former Midland Grand Hotel in London in 1993

HISTORY: The Victorian-built former Midland Grand Hotel in London in 1993

In 1993 Burlington Slate had won a major order to supply the roofing for one of London’s most prominent landmarks, the former Midland Grand Hotel, at St Pancras Station.

Built by the Midland Railway, it formed the distinctive public frontage to the Euston Road station.

As part of a refurbishment programme, the entire roof of the Grade 1 listed building - which closed as a hotel in 1935 - was to be replaced with 275 tonnes of Westmorland Green roofing slate, quarried at Elterwater.

The building was later used as railway administration offices.

Burlington sales director Malcolm Hatch said he was delighted that the company’s slate had been chosen for such an important project.

HISTORY: Quantity surveyor Frank Edwards on the roof on his property, Soutergate House in Ulverston, with old and new Burlington roofing slates

The slate was specified by architects The Conservation Partnership, which said it was the closets match to the original.

In 1996 Burlington Slate had found a lucrative new market for its products and had produced a new leaflet to let its worldwide customers know about it.

The company’s natural slate ventilation units for roofs or walls were described in a six-page guide called Natural slate vents by Burlington.

The vents were produced by Burlington in blue-grey or Burlington green slate.

WORK: Burlington Slate

WORK: Burlington Slate

They were fitted with a grill to keep out the weather, birds and insects.

Sales director Malcolm Hatch said: "Our slate ventilation units not only serve as a natural option for roof and building ventilation purposes but help enhance the finished appearance of a roof design as both products are available in the same colours as our natural slate roofing."