Management changes for Lynn's Knights Hill Hotel and Old Hunstanton's Le Strange Arms
The general manager of Lynn's Knights Hill Hotel for the past 26 years is moving to take up a new role at its sister hotel in Old Hunstanton, the Le Strange Arms.
Bernard Ducker joined Knights Hill in 1992 when it had less than 50 bedrooms. He said: "At that time the directors had a vision to develop and grow the business and I have enjoyed being part of this.
"Our focus on delivering a quality stay with a professional and friendly service earned us the Best Western Large Hotel of the Year award two years running.
"It's now a thriving hotel with 79 bedrooms, on-site spa and pub. The complex is a popular choice with both holidaymakers, corporate guests and locals and this is down to the loyal and dedicated team, and I will miss them immensely.
"It was not an easy decision, but I am looking forward to further developing the Le Strange Arms to meet emerging challenges in the industry and will ensure that the hotel continues to offer a quality experience to all who stay or visit.”
Bernard’s move has opened up further opportunities within the existing management team with Nicholas Searle being promoted from operations manager to general manager at Knights Hill and Joanne Rayner, previously front of house manager, will become deputy general manager.
Nicholas said: "I started work at Knights Hill 19 years ago as a kitchen porter and have progressed within the company performing various roles over the years, most recently operations manager.
"I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to become general manager and I am looking forward to the challenges that this brings. I learned a great deal from my previous managers and look to continue their good work with the help of the team.”
Bernard, Nicholas and Joanne have a wealth of experience and are an asset to the company, clocking up more than 65 years of loyal service between them.