SAANICH - More than 60 years ago the McMorran family in Cordova Bay hosted their first New Year's eve party. On Thursday, McMorran's Beach House will ring in the new year one final time. The family business will close in the spring, but until then, the McMorran's say they'll give it their best and send 2009 out with a bang.
150 guests will welcome 2010 with the Bob Morrison Orchestra. Dinner and dancing will last until 1:30am on the historic maple dance floor. And while it's still fun for the staff to set up for the party, emotions are bittersweet. "I'm attached to this place. I grew up here," says Eric McMorran who took over the family business from his father. Holding a stack of tickets from years gone by, Mr. McMorran is flooded with memories of running the weekly dances and the New Year's Eve parties. Back in 1983 new year's eve party tickets sold for $75 per couple. Now tickets to the sold out party cost $100 per person. But there are some things you can't put a price on.
"I'll still hang around, if whoever takes it over, I'll come down and work for free just to be here," says McMorran. Because it just wouldn't be New Year in Cordova Bay without Mr. McMorran hosting a party.