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Interview with Mrs Ivy Kaneen about her life as a farmer and then as a hotelier at Rockview, Marine Parade, Peel (1955-1975)

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Date(s): 20 September 1999

Creator(s): Manx Heritage Foundation

Scope & Content: Ivy Kaneen talks to John Beckerson about her life as a farmer and then as a hotelier at Rockview, Marine Parade, Peel.

Track 1: She talks about moving to Peel in 1955 to rent and eventually buy the boarding house Rockview with her family; getting ready for first season; layout and use of rooms; hot and cold water installed in the rooms in the 1960s; visitors and her 'boys' who came for the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) race week; wet weather activities for guests; arrival and check out times; an average day; meals; prices; winter decorating; staff; administration tasks; husbands of guesthouse keepers; comparison to farm life; decision and process of buying the guesthouse in 1965; government improvement loans; lawyer T.W. Cain arranging mortgage; building improvements; 1974 move to Church Street; changes in the boarding house trade from 1974; difficulty of getting staff; the season; behaviour of guests.

Track 2: Ivy talk about the guests she remembers; town hall helping people find accommodation; what visitors liked about Peel; meals at the boarding house; local shops and businesses; a storm causing water damage to the boarding house; the steamers coming into Peel harbour in bad weather; regular TT visitors; visitors and walking holidays and how cars changed the pattern of holiday making; entertainment in Peel; changing from full board; Boarding House Keepers' Association; entertainment at the Marine Hall and the open-air swimming pool; her own holidays; alcohol licensing and other industry changes in the 1970s; television lounges.

Administration / Biographical History: Mrs Ivy Kaneen (nee Kelly) was born in 1920. John Beckerson, researcher, born 1974.

Language: eng

Extent: 1 hr. 2 min. 40 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0001/20

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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