Tributes paid after death of ex-hotelier

Former Blackpool hotelier Jeanne McLair
Former Blackpool hotelier Jeanne McLair
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Tributes have been paid following the death of a popular Blackpool hotelier.

Jeanne McLair died on July 6 at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. She was 89.

Mrs McLair owned the Rugby House Boarding House in St Chads Road and the Astoria Hotel in Albert Road with her husband Jim.

Son Lindsay, 62, said the couple played a major part in the resort’s hotel industry.

He added: “They both went to college to run the Astoria in the correct way – Jim doing a bar and cellar course and Jeanne getting her City and Guilds in cooking at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

“She took management examinations to gain a fellowship from what is now known as the Institute of Hospitality .

“At that time she was only the second woman in Blackpool to do so.”

Born in Glasgow in 1926, Jeanne met Jim in 1949 with son Lindsay born four years later.

After buying the Astoria, Jim became president of the Blackpool Scottish Society in 1969, followed by Jeanne in 1977.

Away from the hotel scene Mrs McLair was a member of St Georges Church in Blackpool for more than 30 years, singing in the choir.

Three years later the pair bought Dishdolls Restaurant in Out Rawcliffe, with Jeanne on reception, Jim in the bar and son Lindsay head chef. The couple retired in 1983.

Jeanne is survived by Jim, Lindsay, daughter Rachel and two grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held at Lytham Crematorium on July 20 at 1.30pm.