It is sad to read of the demise of The Duke, made even worse by the way the staff were informed. A real iconic hotel in every sense.
I have great personal memories having met my wife there at one of their excellent Saturday night dances more years ago than I care to remember. The dance band was first class and augmented from time to time with moonlighting Royal Marine bandsman.
The manager McDemott Brown would sing his party piece ' Unchained Melody' a song which still pops up from time to time.
Happy days for me but not for the current staff who have been so badly treated.