Hotel housekeeping by Margaret Sessions

Margaret’s Father was the County Blacksmith and they lived next to the smiddy in Rathven, just outside Buckie. People brought their horses and the smiddy made implements for the farms. Her Father made her a cart with minature tools. She told the farmers that she was a blacksmith too. The highlight of every year was to go to the Keith Agricultural Show where he took lots of implements to sell. When the war started in 1939 her Father was the blacksmith at Buckie Harbour. It was a protected occupation so he wasn’t called up.

Margaret went to Buckie High School then went on to study at a Domestic Science College in Aberdeen. She also learnt housekeeping. Went on to a hotel school in Perthshire at Fortingall nr. Aberfeldy. There she learnt to be a hotel assistant and went on to be a hotel housekeeper. She went down to England to work for a family in a hotel in Tangiers Park in Basingstoke. Later she opened a guest house in Buckie called Mount Severn Guest House. She was also a receptionist at Baxters of Speyside.

Memory contributed by Margaret Sessions from Dufftown


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