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Interview with Mrs Raina Chatel mainly about working as hotelier in Douglas, 1959-1999

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Date(s): 21 June 1995

Creator(s): Manx Heritage Foundation

Scope & Content: Tracks 1 and 2: Mrs Raina Chatel talks to John Beckerson about working as hotelier in Douglas. She talks about her maternal grandparents from St Helens having hotel called the Wembley; Raina’s parents guest house on Bucks Road, then Warrington on Central Promenade, Douglas; refurbishing hotel after the Second World War; helping her father in the hotel and taking over in 1959; how much they charged and what was included in full board; taking on The Imperial in 1975 and selling it in 1980; buying cafe and selling it in 1985; 1993 buying The Blossoms (originally Sandy Beach) B&B; decorating; visitors unhappy with holiday establishments on the island; being on the town council; Promenade requiring regeneration; types and age groups of visitors who stay at B&B; average day at the B&B; changes to operating establishments; relations who also ran hotels; prominent families who ran hotels; guest house association; favourite aspects of the job; differences in types of visitors; entertainment on the island such as dancing and cabaret; how most people hear about her B&B through word of mouth.

Interviewer asks her about Douglas Holiday Club where she worked as a private secretary; she describes types of work she did there; different types of people at holiday camp; return guests to bed and breakfast; and what she thinks makes a good establishment.

Administration / Biographical History: Mrs Raina Chatel was born 29 June 1938. John Beckerson, researcher, born 1974.

Language: English

Extent: 33 min. 54 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0001/60

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Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHHolidays


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