Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Being Brought Up on Merseyside in the Sixties, the Beatles Were Everywhere. It Made You Feel like You Were at the Centre of the Universe' NOW AND THEN

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Being Brought Up on Merseyside in the Sixties, the Beatles Were Everywhere. It Made You Feel like You Were at the Centre of the Universe' NOW AND THEN

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NICK Holmes is managing director of Rockliffe Hall, the five-star luxury hotel, golf and spa resort near Darlington.

Originally from the Wirral, Nick, 54, moved to the North East in 2008 to oversee the opening of Rockliffe Hall in 2009.

His background has included spells at a number of multi-award winning venues, including the likes of Branston Golf and Country Club in the Midlands, Craigendarroch Hotel, Cameron House Loch Lomond and the world- famous Gleneagles in Scotland.

He now lives in Hurworth-on-Tees with his wife Liz and daughter, Eleanor, 12.

What's your first memory? With my dad, collecting my mum and newly-born sister Cheryl from the hospital when I was two-and-a-half. I still remember the present that she had 'bought' me (I've always been easily manipulated!).

What were you like as a child? I was always busy with a mischievous and extremely cheeky streak. With curly red hair, much-hated freckles and constantly grazed and bloody knees, I certainly looked the part! Unfortunately for my mum, I was also a bit of an insomniac.

What childhood games did you play? I lived in two gorgeous Wirral villages, firstly Port Sunlight then Thornton Hough, which had everything on the doorstep, from rugby and football to fishing and tree climbing.

What music did you like and what was the first record you bought? Being brought up on Merseyside in the sixties, the Beatles were everywhere. It made you feel like you were at the centre of the universe. My first record was Eleanor Rigby and Yellow Submarine. I think it was a double 'A' side. We named our daughter Eleanor, so maybe there is something in that!

Did you have a family pet? We were a family of dog lovers with a Cavalier King Charles called Ashley. I've had three more since.

Were your school days the best days of your life? …

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