NEW Year's Eve revellers in Witney were treated to a taste of life in Las Vegas at a packed-out Langdale Hall.

Party-goers saw in 2019 in style as they danced the night away to the soundtrack of West Oxfordshire band Escape to Las Vegas.

The six-person collective donned Rat Pack and Elvis-inspired costumes to entertain about 180 people at the recently-refurbished hall, which was officially opened in November.

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The party continued until the early hours at the self-styled 'best New Year's Eve party in Witney' and one band member said the evening did not disappoint.

They said: "You can't go wrong with New Year's Eve and we kept the music going until 1am.

"We did everything required to make it a successful event."


Five hours of partying kicked off at 8pm, with the band welcoming the new year in spectacular fashion as balloons dropped from the ceiling.

It was another successful event at Langdale Hall, which underwent extensive upgrades last year, including a new disabled toilet and ramp access to the bar.

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Revellers made use of the dancefloor and new bar, which was opened by Witney mayor Brenda Churchill last year.

The building is owned by Witney Town Council and leased to the ICE Centre, which supports young people and adults with learning disabilities.

The organisation uses the building from 9am to 4pm six days a week, but the space is available for hire at other times.

Following the renovation, ICE Centre director, Martin Bull, encouraged community organisations and businesses to make the most of the facilities.

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The Escape to Las Vegas member echoed this call and revealed the venue was perfect for the band.

They said: "We worked with Martin and he was very keen to bring this back into use.

"The parking is very good, the dance floor is big, and it's got it's own bar - it ticked all the boxes for us."

Music events have already proved popular at the new venue, which hosted MuzoAkademy music school's Christmas fundraiser in December.

Witney Music Festival organisers are also hoping to use a newly-established link with the centre to hold a build-up gig ahead of the event, which takes place in June.