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Interview with Herbert ('Bert') Quirk and Mrs Maureen Quirk about working as hoteliers, Cunard Hotel, Loch Promenade, Douglas, 1958-1998

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Date(s): December 1998

Creator(s): Manx Heritage Foundation

Scope & Content: Track 1: Mr and Mrs Quirk talk to John Beckerson about his family before the Second World War in Liverpool; moving to the Isle of Man and staying at the Westlakes; his mother’s work as hotel head cook; his schooldays at Braddan School; living in old Spring Valley; Douglas Promenade. Maureen talks about moving to the Isle of Man and her first impressions; running the Cunard Hotel. They talk about buying Silver Sands in 1978/79; promenade hotels and owners; son Nigel going into the hotel business; Government grants scheme for hotel improvements; work for Co-op making deliveries to hotels; being President of Hotel Association; serving in the hotel bar; problems with hotel grading and classification; transport links; selling package holidays through Travel Services; hotel staffing; hotel meals and kitchen; guest behaviour; elderly and disabled access to hotels; cracks and subsidence; IRIS scheme; planning restrictions; tourist board; Chris Robertshaw, Association President; hotels in disrepair and future sell-off.

Track 2: They talk about hotel consortium which owns the Balmoral, the Modwena, the Osborne, the Kensington, Stone Leigh and possibly the Claremont; Loch Wood becoming apartments; ‘Ben My Chree’ too big if fewer visitors; hotels closing; summer shows reduced; services for attracting visitors; heritage sites; entertainment; televisions in hotels rooms; regular hotel visitors coming for 30 years.

Administration / Biographical History: Herbert Davidson Quirk was born 19/12/1938. Maureen Ann Quirk was born 10/06/1940. (Information provided by their son, David Quirk, November 2022). John Beckerson, researcher, born 1974.

Language: English

Extent: 2 hr. 34 min. 23 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0001/61

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Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHHolidays


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In the son of the interviewees. The dates of birth are wrong. My dad was born 19/12/1938 my mother born 10/06/1940 - David Quirk Report this

In the son of the interviewees. The dates of birth are wrong. My dad was born 19/12/1938 my mother born 10/06/1940 - David Quirk Report this

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