Margaret retires after 36 years at Palace

Owners of the Palace Hotel Kenneth and Margaret with Margaret and Doug
Owners of the Palace Hotel Kenneth and Margaret with Margaret and Doug

An employee of the Palace Hotel in Peterhead is retiring after 36 years.

Margaret Davis, who is originally from Stornoway, held a number of different roles at the venue but, most recently, looked after the hotel’s breakfast service.

To mark Margaret’s retirement, a celebration tea was held at the Palace last week, which was attended by current and former colleagues and family members.

During the tea, Director Kenneth Watt presented Margaret with a gift and thanked her for her years of dedicated service.

Margaret first returned to Peterhead in 1981 with her young family when her husband, Doug, came out of the RAF.

She has worked at the Palace Hotel every since - often getting up at 5am to start work between 6am and 7am.

Together, Margaret and Doug have three children and six grandchildren.

One of their children, Tina, followed in her mum’s footsteps in the hotel industry and now owns the Ban Car Hotel, Lonmay, with her husband, David.

Speaking to the Buchan Observer, Margaret says she hopes to do some travelling during her retirement and, in particular, visit family members in Stornoway, Ireland and Denmark.

Commenting, Margaret said: “I’m quite sad to be leaving but age has just caught up with me!

“I’ve enjoyed coming in here every day to work and it’s been part my of my life over the last 36 years, I will miss everybody.”

Director of the Palace Hotel Kenneth Watt commented: “We’d like to wish Margaret many years of happy retirement.

“She’s going to be missed by not only everyone at the Hotel but by the many thousands of guests who have stayed at the hotel.”