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Interviews with Linda Magee, Paul Hughes and Steve Gibbons about the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races

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Date(s): 1995

Creator(s): Manx National Heritage

Scope & Content: Track 1: Linda Magee, staff member of Manx National Heritage, talks about her following, as a fan, the Manx Grand Prix (MGP) and the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races. She talks mainly about the TT including Joey Dunlop; socialising at the Grandstand; watching the practices and races; helicopter rides; friendly atmosphere of the TT; bikers and the different visiting nationalities; biker road accidents; Bushy’s pub; Manx police; lack of hotels, boarding houses and boats; dress code in the nightclubs; TT as boost to tourism; anti-climax at end of TT fortnight; Jackson family being racers; Steve Hislop; Carl Fogarty; Steam Packet boat bookings; fatal road accidents.

Track 2: Paul Hughes, full time barman at Bushy’s, talks about the nationalities of customers and unfamiliarity with money; friendliness of customers and lack of trouble; cellar being small for stock required for TT fortnight; bars open and staff; nightly antics during TT; leniency of police; opening and closing times; and the end of TT party for the bar staff.

Steve Gibbons, assistant manager at Bushy's, talks about water pistols, donuts and wheelies; crowd numbers; snuff taking; making of ‘Midnight Beer’; and bikers arriving without accommodation and having to be hosted at Douglas Sea Terminal.

Administration / Biographical History: This recording forms part of the TT Oral History Project 1995.

Language: eng

Extent: 50 min. 32 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0074/1

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


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