A High Old Time

Neil Hanson

Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: Fee negotiable
23rd April 2021
Humour | After Dinner Entertainment | Laughter | Nostalgia

"A High Old Time" is a laugh-a-minute tour of the quirks and foibles, highs and lows of running Britain’s highest inn - so isolated that its next-door neighbour was 4 miles away and so high above sea level that it had its own climate, with winds that could tear car-doors off their hinges, and winter snows that cut off the inn for weeks on end.

A hugely engaging storyteller, Neil Hanson’s account of his time at the inn, grappling with tight-fisted farmers, eccentric characters, bizarre local customs, naturist weekends, “lates and lock-ins”, police raids by appointment, rats in the attic, close encounters with magistrates and planners, and the shooting of a famous double glazing commercial, is suitable for all audiences.

'The most entertaining speaker we've ever had' Sittingbourne Probus Club ‘We have had such positive feedback about your speech and how much they enjoyed it. My husband laughed so much he was nearly crying! ‘ Sandy Rysiok, Society of Municipal Treasurers 'Wonderfully entertaining' North-East London Car Club ‘It really was a pleasure to host you. I have had nothing but positive responses since the dinner – you really hit the right note.’ Commander Andrew Coles, HMS Drake, Plymouth 'The best speaker I've ever heard.' Audience member, Yate & Sodbury U3A ‘Excellent, really enjoyable and entertaining.’ Lucy Moody, Head of Advertising, Everest Ltd. ‘Wonderfully entertaining speaker - will be live at the Apollo next!’ Audience member, Knaresborough Festival ‘We have had some excellent speakers over the years, but you were the very best we have ever had.’ Maurice Taylor, Rossett and Wakeman Lectures ‘Extremely amusing and entertaining,’ Peter Mate, U3A, Ilkley 'Great talk, we enjoyed it very much.' Graham Hastings-Evans, President British Association of Construction Heads ‘Neil Hanson was an outstanding speaker – warm, funny, humane.’ Stephen Brown, Chairman, Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheons 'You were awesome.’ Thomas Power, Chairman, ecademy, London 'Thank you for being a wonderful speaker. Your humour, wit and entertaining ability kept a very diverse audience entranced.’ Janet Munro, Soroptimist International ‘The feedback we have had has been tremendous - many people have been telling us how much they enjoyed your talk.’ Off The Shelf, Sheffield ‘The audience loved it, as did we.’ Wendy Kent, Knaresborough Festival ‘A huge thank you to Neil Hanson for doing such a wonderful event. It went down fantastically well.’ Rachel Feldberg, Director, Ilkley Festival ‘You were a star, everyone really enjoyed listening to you.’ Yorkshire Post ‘Thank you so much - your talk was brilliant.’ Meriel Jeater, Curator, Museum of London

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About Neil Hanson

In a long and very chequered career, among a bewildering variety of other jobs, Neil Hanson has been an Oxford graduate, a plasterer’s mate, an ice cream salesman, a holiday camp redcoat and - simultaneously - an art critic and a rugby league commentator. He’s edited the boozer’s Bible - the Good Beer Guide, ran and later owned, Britain’s highest inn, in a wild and remote corner of the Yorkshire Dales, and also went round the world twice and worked as a print journalist and radio broadcaster in Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

He is now a very successful author with over 60 published books to his name. As well as his own work, he’s also a “ghost writer” for, among others, sports stars, showbiz legends, captains of industry, SAS men, pilots, a treasure diver, an explorer, a kidnap negotiator, an undercover investigator and a spy.

An award winning speaker, he has entertained audiences at every type of occasion - corporate events, conferences, festivals, luncheon clubs, dinners and banquets - throughout the UK and in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Kansas City, New Orleans, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland and Wellington

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