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Wontner, Hugh (10 of 11) National Life Stories: City Lives

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:29:03

  • Shelf mark

    C409/038

  • Subjects

    Politics

  • 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 10 (tape 5 side B): As Lord Mayor, Sir Hugh also chief magistrate and heard the Jim Slater case. Being Lord Mayor like being a sovereign, with State visits and large number of speeches. Always introduced humour and careful to be apolitical. 1973/74 a difficult political time. Sir Hugh moved in to Mansion House and left The Savoy and gave up business responsibilities for one year.

  • Description

    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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