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Wontner, Hugh (7 of 11) National Life Stories: City Lives

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  • Recording date

    1990-16-03, 1990-20-04, 1990-18-05, 1990-27-06

  • Is part of (Collection)

    City Lives

  • Recording locations

    Claridge's Hotel, London, W1

  • Interviewees

    Wontner, Hugh, 1908- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Phillips, David (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 7 (tape 4 side A): Became Governor of University College Hospital and made Chairman of Catering Committee, spanning pre- and post-Health Service. Impact of the post-war Catering Wages Act. Bill was child of Ernest Bevin who was concerned with long hours of duty in public houses and hotels. Bill was a breach of convention of not to bring in controversial bills during war time. Strikes at The Savoy; Communist infiltration. Involvement of MPs and cutting of Savoy's fuel supplies. Obtaining fuel oil and beating the strike. Sir Hugh asked Winston Churchill to help; Churchill rang Home Secretary, Chuter Eade, for help, which he gave.

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    Interview with Sir Hugh Wontner, hotelier and politician, who was managing director of the Savoy hotel group (1941-1979), chairman of the Savoy Theatre (1948-1992) and Lord Mayor of London (1973-74).

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