Law & Order
Christmas at Craig-y-Nos
Craig-y-Nos Castle was for many years the home of the internationally renowned
opera singer Adelina Patti. Adelina was a
generous local patron and was well loved by her staff.
One member of staff, Ethel Rosate-Lunn, recalled how Madame Patti used to go
down to the staff dining hall on Christmas Day:
" . . . drink a glass of champagne with us and join heartily
in the chorus of a song we were singing. Before leaving us she would wish
each one a merry Christmas and a good appetite. How happy she used to be on
these occasions; it added greatly to our enjoyment too.
Christmas was a very happy time at Craig-y-Nos when Adelina
Patti was mistress of it. She loved to see people happy and I can remember
well how pleased she was to know that as many of the staff as possible used
to go to the home of Mr Brookman, the night watchman, between tea and supper
on Christmas night to keep company with Mrs Brookman as Mr Brookman had, of
course, to be on duty on Christmas night. There was always a large Christmas
tree in the theatre laden with presents, cheques and jewellery for the house
steward and the personal maids, costume lengths of cloth for the head maids,
and also costume lengths - but of a quality not quite as good - for the under
maids. There was a staff dance on Christmas evening and Madame Patti always
danced with the chef, butler and footman, while her husband, the Baron, danced
with the head girls."
The theatre has been restored and is again
in use today.