Hilary Guard


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  • Interview with Mr Hilary Guard

    Mr Hilary Guard talks to interviewer David Callister about his memories, including fascinating insights into tourism on the Isle of Man in the last century. Topics include:

    Childhood holidays to the Isle of Man
    Owning an Austin 16 Six car Meeting future wife at The Grasmere Hotel
    Tourism after WWII
    Renovating The Hydro Hotel
    Employing Irish staff
    Rules and regulations on accommodation
    Advertising in The Guide
    Rationing and the ‘black market’
    The Hotelier’s Association
    Decline in tourism
    Staff shortages and the introduction of service charge
    Staff incentives and bonuses
    Case involving Trade Unionist Bernie Moffatt

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