Wanted: your memories of the Grand Hotel, Scarborough

Scarborough, 27th October 1960.'The Grand Hotel
Scarborough, 27th October 1960.'The Grand Hotel

A former worker at the Grand Hotel is appealing for help with a book on Scarborough’s architectural gem.

Roger Foster is compiling a book on the Grand, where he worked in the mid-1960s, and is appealing for help with photos, information and personal stories, especially from former employees.

TV chat show legend Michael Parkinson once worked in the kitchen of the Grade II* listed building.

Completed in 1867, it was one of the largest hotels in the world, and was built around the theme of “time” – four towers to represent the seasons, 12 floors for the months, 52 chimneys for the weeks and, originally, 365 rooms for the days.

Roger, who lives in Glasgow, said: “I worked there in the mid-Sixties when it was owned by the Spiers and Ponds group. I would like to know who owned the hotel before and after the Sixties.

“I have from 1979 to 1999 Butlins Rank; from 1999 to 2002 the Grand Hotel group; 2002 to 2004 Grand Leisure group and from 2004 until now Britannia Hotel group, but there are quite a few gaps.

“I would especially like any photographs of the hotel being built. I do have one which I got from the internet but it is not very clear.”

Roger’s book, to be called Cuthbert’s Creation: Grand 
Hotel Scarborough, will be in colour and will include photographs of the architect Cuthbert Brodrick and a look at his other creations.

He added: “It will concentrate on the building inside and out and show the improvements made over the years.

“I would be interested in finding out how many miles 
of piping was used in the installing of the heating system, 
for example.

“Any photos and literature will be returned in the same condition as I receive them.

“Scarborough has the largest landmark on the east coast and I think it deserves to be recognised as such.”

If you can help Roger he can be contacted at 4 Dykeneuk Road, Devol, Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire PA14 5TP, or call 01475 793987, text 07944 875 916, or email roger.fostersenior@gmail.com.