Frank Flaherty’s talk Tales of an Irish Innkeeper was stuffed full of Irish anecdotes which only an Irishman from County Tipperary could tell. Frank then went on to describe his career in hotel management including a brief spell at the Cairn in Harrogate in the 1970s. He made his name however as manager of the Majestic from 1980 to 2001 when his head chef was David, who now runs Ascot House Hotel, well-known to all Forum members. More amusing anecdotes followed with tales of Frank’s encounters with Howard Keel, David Essex,Rocco Forte and the Thatchers.During questions Frank said that the Harrogate hotel scene was clouded at present because of the recession and the failure of the Council Staff to keep big conferences in Harrogate. In his day he had turned the Majestic from a failing hotel ridden with corruption to a hotel making a profit of over £3 million.
Frank was loudly applauded at the end by yet another large attendance.