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FEATURE Holiday Inn Corby


Celebrating the heart and soul of the hotel


A pint of beer cost £1.28, the average house price was £51,000 and Sleeping With T e Enemy was Number One at the box offi ce. But perhaps most apt of all is that Chesney Hawkes was at the top of the charts with T e One and Only! On May 6, 1991, the ‘one and only’, David Doran, joined the team


of a newly opened Carlton Manor Hotel in Corby. And he is still there 30 years later, at what is now the Holiday Inn Corby – the man who is truly the heart and soul of the hotel! David started in the role of conference porter, a role he continues


to this day, heading up the hotel’s conference operations. T ose who regularly attend meetings and events will know him well, from his days working for a private hotel, then when it became Stakis, then Hilton and now Holiday Inn Corby. You do not last as long as David has in one place if you don’t really


make your mark on people. David’s warmth, loyalty and unending service truly set him apart from others, which is why he is at the centre of the hotel’s current marketing campaign. With the four-star Holiday Inn Corby reopening


to all guests with all facilities from May 17, the hotel team wanted to share that exciting news whilst also telling the world more about David. After all, as its latest hashtag states, we could all #bemoredave. To set the ball rolling, current GM Martyn Hewitt sat down with David for a quick chat…


Well, 30 years, eh? Does it feel like 30 years since your first day at the hotel? I’m surprised myself when I think about how long it has been, and so much has changed since then. My fi rst day was also the day the hotel opened, so everything was new. I remember the head porter showing me what to do when I was taking guests to the rooms and it was quite nerve-racking at fi rst. T ere were no key cards then, we used to give guests the actual door key with the big plastic key fobs – and plenty of them still managed to lose them.


What made you join the hotel? I was working in a factory and looking for something diff erent. I used to take the bus to work, and we went past the hotel as it was being built. I saw it go up, bit by bit, not knowing at the point that I would be working there. My dad worked in a hotel in London, so I had an idea from him what the job was like so that was where it all started.


10 ALL THINGS BUSINESS


You must have had some memorable moments, tell us about a few of them It’s got to be the big regular conferences and events we used to do. I remember the bridge weekends, there would be about 70 or 80 people and they took over the whole hotel for the weekend every three or four months, and again at Christmas. But the busiest times would be back in the


days when RS Components had their catalogue launches and they’d take all the meeting rooms and some bedrooms as well. We’d have half a day to set up, clearing bedrooms of all the furniture, so that they were just meeting rooms, putting it all in storage while RS were in.


You must have seen some famous faces over that time? Back when Rab C Nesbitt was really big on television, his crew came down from Glasgow for a gig at the Civic Centre. Gregor Fisher, who played Rab, was very kind. I had to go to the room for


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