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Interview with Vince Buckingham about his family running guest houses (1988-1998)

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Date(s): 20 September 1999

Creator(s): Manx Heritage Foundation

Scope & Content: Track 1: Vincent Buckingham talks to John Beckerson about the Silver Jubilee guest houses started by his mother in Newquay, Cornwall, followed by Margate and then Douglas around 1981; his joining the RAF from school as a cook then working in clubs and bars; buying his first guest house Merridale (next door to his parents' Silver Jubilee guest house) in Douglas; working for the prison service. He talks about Merridale; mortgages; taking over Sliver Jubilee guest house after his mother died and refurbishing it; letting rooms; visitors to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races sleeping on the floor; types of guests; advertising; typical working day; other guesthouses and long term accommodation on Castle Mona Road; anecdote about guests not happy with the facilities; differences between a guest house and a hotel; guests; buying a social club; anecdote about an Australian backpacker guest eating a kipper; reasons for returning to England; guest house he sold; other business venture, the 147 Snooker Club; future renovations including en-suite bathrooms and current charges; impact of the summer season on family life.

Track 2: He talks about how his previous work experience gave him confidence in running his guest house; working practices; and the guest experience.

Administration / Biographical History: Vincent Lloyd Buckingham (born 13 October 1961). John Beckerson, researcher, born 1974.

Language: eng

Extent: 32 min. 57 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0001/65

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Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHTT, #UOSHHolidays


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