BLACKPOOL’S leading landlady and ‘Queen of the Lights’ is set to retire.
Pat Mancini, owner of The Queens Hotel, has put the Promenade property up for sale.
She decided to do so after reaching the age of 72, and a year spent recuperating from a major operation.
Mrs Mancini, dubbed Queen of the Lights thanks to her generous donations to Blackpool Illuminations over the years, said: “I’ve not retired yet – the hotel is up for sale because I’m 72 and I’ve got a tumour.
“Since July last year I’ve been having treatment and an operation that got most of it out.
“It’s my age first and foremost.
“They thought I’d had a stroke but when I didn’t have any symptoms afterwards they tested me and found a tumour.
“I had an operation which was quite successful, but they couldn’t take it all out.
“I had 30 lots of radiotherapy and now I’m on chemotherapy. I go to The Christie hospital.”
The hotelier has been involved with a huge amount of charity work and became the first businesswoman in the North West to receive a Variety Club award.
She famously spent a charity night in prison with Tracy Dawson to raise more than £5,000 for charities and has helped Scouts, Blackpool Girl’s and Boys Club, the Deaf Club and N-Vision, formerly known as the Blind Society.
The Queens is now on the market and several expressions of interest have already been made to Mrs Mancini.
She said: “We have already had several inquiries about the hotel, but they’re just testing the water at the moment.”
Claire Smith, president of StayBlackpool, said: “She’s done a fabulous job both promoting Blackpool, and all of her charity work.
“We’re very sad to hear she is going and wish her all the very best. She thoroughly deserves a lovely retirement.
“She’s been an excellent ambassador for the town and a real asset.
“We are very sorry to see that end.”
Blackpool Council leader Peter Callow added: “She’s been a stalwart of the holiday industry in Blackpool.
“She’s owned a very popular hotel, and in the past with late husband Rudi has been a wonderful host.
“And she was always very generous with Blackpool Illuminations.
“I hope she stays well and on the Fylde coast and wish her all the very best in the future.
“She has always been a fantastic ambassador for what Blackpool and what the town has to offer.”
Mrs Mancini is not set to bow out just yet though – she is intent on running the hotel until any sale goes ahead.
She said: “My favourite times have been getting my MBE and the Variety Club award after the work for charity.
“I’ve had 72 years and a wonderful life when I’ve been able to do most of the things I’ve wanted to do, thanks to working hard in Blackpool.
“The best times have simply been just living in Blackpool.”