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Chris McDonald - Assistant Manager

Chris McDonald - Assistant Manager

I was born and raised in the historic town of Shrewsbury in the heart of the county of Shropshire. This was where I started my career at the age of 16 working for Tom Cobleigh's "Beaten Track" as a waiter; whilst working here I also received my NVQ in hospitality and catering.

After 2 years the opportunity arose to live and work at the Butlins holiday Resort in Skegness, with the role of senior team leader of the Skyline Pavilion; venues included bar Rosso, Burger King, Harry Ramsden's and various shops selling novelties, souvenirs and groceries ...But as the story goes all good things come to a end and I left butlins after 3 years with the plan to move back to Shrewsbury.

I then travelled to Gran Canaria for a two week relaxing holiday, only to stay out there when I acquired work at the world famous Café La Belle show bar in the heart of the Jumbo Centre in Playa Del Ingles! I moved to the south of the island, to Purto Rico, working as showman and disc jockey for many well known entertainment and leisure venues i.e. Café Mambos, Turbos and The Tavern. During this time, I became a scientologist.

Upon my return to the UK, I saw a post for a vacancy at Rowton Castle and as they say, "the rest is history". I can say I have worked in many excellent venues, but what's different here is that we are united in some special way; we treat each other with respect and we have become a family.

People say business is just business but this is not at all 'just' business for me, it is a very important part of my life now, and I look forward to my future at Rowton Castle.