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Interview with Mrs Elsie Wegener about working as a cook for the Rigby family at the Savoy Hotel, Central Promenade, Douglas, 1945-1988

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Date(s): 20 September 1999

Creator(s): Manx Heritage Foundation

Scope & Content: Elsie Margaret Wegener talks to John Beckerson about her life working as a cook for the Rigby family at the Savoy Hotel, Central Promenade, Douglas from 1945-1988. She talks about hotel trade life; Misses Widdison/Keeling and Mrs Palmer; concert parties and carnivals on Peel Promenade; Mrs Rigby (Savoy Hotel); kitchen operations and friendships among staff; employers Mary and Ronnie; regulations and building improvements; when living in England she would come to the Isle of Man to work from May to September; anecdote about fishing in Peel; her working week, the hotel layout and the hotel routines; anecdote about the Norton motorcycle team (Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races) and their unusual use of the kitchen; her mother’s work at a hotel owned by R.C. Cain; how Ronnie’s brother and his wife ran the Kenilworth and Manningham hotels; anecdotes about an incident at high tide and the problems of an old boiler; hotel inspectors and hotel reputations; the Fernleigh on Peel Promenade and anecdote about a Peel hotelier; and the hotel kitchen.

Administration / Biographical History: Elsie Margaret Wegener (born 28 November 1915). John Beckerson, researcher, born 1974.

Language: eng

Extent: 45 min. 54 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0001/8

Access conditions: All reasonable attempt has been made by Manx National Heritage to trace and request permission (where needed) from the copyright holder(s) in this sound recording. If however you think you are a rights holder then please contact Manx National Heritage.

Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHTT, #UOSHHolidays


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