Shortly after I joined First Leisure, Bill Gilligan (Regional Manager) asked me to work on Kaleidoscope, which was the second room at Peppermint Place, Blackburn. It was mid-February 1991, the room had just been refurbished, and it was my job to oversee the management of the room on the opening night.
I was to look after the Mayoral Party and other VIPs, had been given drinks vouchers to ensure that everyone was sufficiently lubricated.
It seems that every company has a senior executive who can instil fear into the very soul of a man, often by reputation alone, and tonight I had him in my flock of VIPs. His very presence made me find worries that should never have entered my head.
Suddenly I got chatting to him, which continued for quite a while. We talked about business, and the industry etc. Bill Gilligan came over and gave me some more vouchers to use, but my new found executive friend said “here you can have mine, I`m going now”. He then gave me a white envelope and moved away.
When I opened the envelope it revealed a Valentines Card he had been given.
I then had a dilemma as I was new to the company – do I not say anything or do I discreetly go over and say “excuse me, but you have given me the wrong envelope?
With my heart in my mouth I did the latter, and from that day on we always got on like a house on fire!
Strange how things work out sometimes.