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Interview with Brian Evans and Carole Evans about staying at the Manningham, Castle Drive and the Imperial Hotel, Central Promenade, Douglas, 1952-1999

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Date(s): 1998, 1999

Creator(s): Manx Heritage Foundation

Scope & Content: Mr and Mrs Evans talk to John Beckerson about their holidays in the Isle of Man staying at the Manningham, Castle Drive, and the Imperial Hotel, Central Promenade, Douglas, 1952-99. They talk about Carole's first visit as a child in 1952 with her family for the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races; her childhood memories of motorcycle racing, Laxey Wheel, a small fair at Onchan, beaches and horse trams. Conversation continues about being onboard the 'Manxman' with men at the bar and mothers and children in the silver service restaurant; Mr and Mrs Crellin's boarding house, unpacking and going straight out; staying with Mrs Kinnin at the back of the Villa Marina and then at the Manningham where three meals were served each day; travelling as a large family group and taking over the boarding house; Brian's first visit to the Isle of Man when they were courting; honeymoon, including the Manx Grand Prix (MGP), staying at the Mannin; sailing from Liverpool in a force 9 storm, Brian strapped to the handrail, and children feeling seasick; honeymooning at the Manningham; moving to the Imperial when the Crellins took it over; hotels appearing run-down; the Empress hotel; the Imperial's bar and atmosphere; watching the races; Creek Inn, Peel; picnicking; driving a 1969 MG on the island's roads; the boat expensive since the 1970s; hotel prices; cheaper travel to Ireland; staying in a cottage in Laxey with extended family; visiting for the Manx Classic Rally late in the season; changes at the Imperial; nightlife in Douglas; playing golf; girls' nights out at the Lido, Summerland, casino, dancing and drinking; how their holidays on the island have changed; the old Bushy's pub, the holiday atmosphere, and how safe and clean the island was; former thoughts of moving to the Isle of Man; anecdote about being tied up on the seafront; death of Phil Hogg; the weather; happy holiday memories and how the boat journey made it special; experience of flying to the island; and having a standing booking every year at the Imperial.

Administration / Biographical History: Brian Richard Evans was born 6 September 1955. Carole Evans was born 25 December 1951. John Beckerson, researcher, born 1974.

Language: English

Extent: 42 min. 43 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0001/35

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Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHHolidays


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