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Interview with Alfred ('Alf') Duggan about his experiences in the taxi and car hire trade in the Isle of Man, 1936-1980

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Date(s): 20 September 1999

Creator(s): Manx Heritage Foundation

Scope & Content: Track 1: Alfred ('Alf') Duggan talks to John Beckerson about about his experiences in the taxi and car hire trade in the Isle of Man, 1936-1980. Alf talks about his car; Mike Breadner’s place on the Promenade; Rushen Abbey and coaches and taxis parked there; the cost of hiring a vehicle; the numerous taxi stands on Queen’s Promenade and Bottleneck taxi stand; the favourite shows and visitor attractions; visits of Tessie O’Shea and Florrie Ford; the horse trams; the number of boats coming into the Isle of Man.

Track 2: Alf talks about hotels including The Hydro; Tommy Spann and Freddie Dixon, riders in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races; driving other TT riders including Freddie Dixon in a seven seater; going to the UK for winter work to drive buses in Coventry, Birmingham and Chester; four ferry boats with a singer, Lily and ukulele player Jimmy Ventry carrying passengers from the Albert Pier to Battery Pier; Albert Gribbon and Albert Dodds who repaired the boats; driving famous people like Tom Jones and Ken Dodd, The Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five; working as a funeral director. He ends by describing the busy quay in Douglas.

Administration / Biographical History: Aflred Duggan was born on 22 May 1912. John Beckerson, researcher, born 1974.

Language: eng

Extent: 59 min. 3 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0001/16

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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