Pat Mancini is the uncrowned Queen of Blackpool, running her enormous seafront hotel with such loving care and attention to detail that she is the talk of the town.
Today the Queens Hotel is worth millions and Pat owns every bit of it, down to the last gleaming teaspoon.
Yet she first arrived in Blackpool, frightened and penniless, over 40 years ago having fallen head over heel in love with a married man almost twice her age.
Pat had left her heavy drinking husband and their two children for musician and pub owner Rudi Mancini.Their first home together was a damp, snail-infested basement flat.
Pat went around begging for work as a barmaid and was taken on for just GBP8.50 a week at the Queens Hotel which she now owns.
The story of her rise from rags to riches is packed with extraordinary emotion, delicious detail and marvelous memories.
From the death of her son, her ensuing breakdown through the early struggle to run a boarding house and hilarious experiences with hotel guests to her eventual ownership of the Queens Hotel and tireless work for charity.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 144 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Polperro Heritage Press
- Publication Date: 01/12/2008
- Category: Autobiography: business & industry
- ISBN: 9780955364891