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Tina was living near to Summerland on the night of the fire, 2 August 1973. In this interview she here recalls the series of events from when she first became aware of the incident taking place, to her eyewitness account of watching from above as the fire took hold of the complex and engulfed the structure in flames, and then to what happened across the Island thereafter.

However, her involvement with the Summerland fire took a different form many years later. Feeling uncomfortable about aspects of the legacy of the tragedy, Tina has become a central figure in keeping the tragedy remembered and recognised within the Isle of Man and beyond. She has campaigned for several years about the memorialisation of the event, and she organises an annual commemoration ceremony at the site itself, undertaking many media interviews and seeking to raise awareness of the lasting impacts of the fire.

In this interview she explains something of this work and the experiences and feelings which have led her to this role.

This interview was conducted as a part of the Summerland Remembered project commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Summerland Fire on 2nd August 1973.


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  • Tina Brennan interviewed by Dollin Mercer (20 August 2022)