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Memories from a bygone age
I was reminded by my mother some time ago that when I was younger, and we’re talking in half centuries here, the family used to gather up - grandparents, parents, offspring et al and visit Raemoir for Sunday lunch on a reasonably regular basis. Whether she prompted my memory of this or whether she subliminally created a memory I am not sure but there was something about it all that seemed vaguely familiar.
Having been here for some time now we have, over the piece, heard of others’ memories some of which are familiar, some more than intriguing (was Lord Lucan really here?) and some entirely new so, to coincide with Raemoir being in service for 75 years, and the thought of maybe putting a book together to mark the occasion, we invited some old friends along to see if we could start piecing things together.
We were inundated with things like weekly stays starting from 15Gns per person and Dinner (featuring cutting edge catering such as Game Consomme, Escalope of Veal Italienne and Buttered Noodles, Crème de Menthe Bombe) costing 17/6; a large keg of Tennent’s Lager was £7 14 2 (seven pounds 14 shillings and tuppence for those that recall the days before February 1971); T.T milk; Shooting Brakes (and this does not refer to a holiday; the 6 day working week and 5/- wages; hard boiled eggs provided as a treat to staff and the most important piece of a night porter’s kit was a piece of chalk to mark the room number on the soles of guests’ shoes left outside their bedroom doors for cleaning!
From waitresses, cooks, handymen to customers, friends and partners we had quite a turn out and some great stories which we are having great fun musing over so if there is anyone else out there that has any memories of Raemoir, present or past, then please call us (01330 824884) or send an email to email@example.com.
Photograph by Kami Thomson