Workington woman appear on Channel 5's Bargain Loving Brits in … – Times & Star

IT’S a dream many have had – to ditch the cold shores of west Cumbria in search of a warmer and happier life in the sun.
For one Workington woman those dreams became a reality, with a stint on ‘the box’ also coming as she started her new life in the sun.
58-year-old Mandy Quinn swapped the Solway Coast for the Costa Del Sol when she located with her partner Debra Mane, 63, to Manilva, Dequesa in Spain 23 years ago.
Mandy, who is a former landlady of the Butchers Arms in Maryport, became a stalwart of the Spanish community and in the late 2010s appeared on much loved Channel 5 teatime show Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun – due to her role in organising the Manilva Pride event.
Times and Star: Mandy's dog walk now looks slightly brighter than for many in West CumbriaMandy’s dog walk now looks slightly brighter than for many in West Cumbria (Image: Supplied)
Talking about the appearances, Mandy said: “It was very very nerve-wracking to be honest with you. I thought I had lost my Cumbrian accent but when you hear yourself on TV it’s like an ‘oh my gosh’ moment – is that how I sound?
“For me personally I was embarrassed, however the people that connected with me after it through friends requests on Facebook, that was a nice part of it.
“For the actual Pride it was fantastic publicity. We went to Gatwick airport a few months ago and walked into a lift and a lady went: ‘Wow, I cant believe I am sharing a lift with someone from the TV!’ I was so embarrassed.
“My boss said ‘I won’t go shopping with you anymore’ because everyone is like ‘oh, aren’t you girl off Bargain Loving Brits’?”
Mandy works in organising the Pride as a fundraiser, outside of her day job for a cryptocurrency company in Gibraltar.
Times and Star: Mandy appeared on hit Channel 5 show Bargain loving brits in the sunMandy appeared on hit Channel 5 show Bargain loving brits in the sun (Image: Supplied)
“Now what started out as a small two-day event, will run next year for a week.”
People come to the Pride event from all over the world – including a contingent who travel over for the yearly event from Senhouse Street Club in Workington.
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Mandy lived across the UK whilst in the army and then as a prison officer, coming back up to Workington for a family wedding.
She moved back to Maryport, leaving the prison service and took on The Butchers Arms in Maryport – which she admitted was ‘very hard work’.
Times and Star: People from Workington now go over to the Manilva pride every yearPeople from Workington now go over to the Manilva pride every year (Image: Supplied)
Talking about why she left for Spain, Mandy said:”We always had this deam of either going to live on a canal boat or living in Spain in the sun- obviously the sun won.
“After one night in the bar, probably a terrible shift or something and I said that dream of living in the Spain lets just bring it forward and we did.”
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