e may have come to it via the long way round, but since debuting at Nidd Hall this summer, Drew is in no doubt that he’s finally found his spiritual home. After a well-spent youth treading the boards and dabbling in TV (with David Jason no less), Drew put his all into a small entertainment company, packed his knapsack, and headed to southern Europe. Three years of touring brought him to the end of dry land and onto cruise ships. Here, on the ocean waves, was where he met his wife and where he made the decision to find more stability for family life. It brought him to Barclays Bank in Cheshire and a fortuitous stroke of good luck. Driving past Alvaston Hall, just 10 miles from his family home, he recalls his exact words: ‘If Warner provided a full-time entertainment manager’s job, this would be my ideal location and my ideal job.’ Suffice to say, Drew waltzed straight on in when the opportunity became available. After more than three years learning the ropes at Alvaston, he has spent the past few months at Nidd, loving every minute of it. Ever the showman, now he has the best of both worlds – one foot in performance, the other mentoring the next generation. ‘I do a lot of hosting and compering,’ he says. ‘But I also love that I can grow as a manager and pass on my skills to young performers.’ He wouldn’t say no to a role in this year’s panto, Cinderella, for example, if he wasn’t so heavily involved in directing his team. ‘Warner is constantly investing year-on-year in its entertainment programme and, as that grows, guests’ expectations grow,’ he says. ‘It’s a very professional set-up.’ Christmas aside, Drew’s most enlightening moments have been performances by the Royal Philharmonic and the National Symphony orchestras, both which blew him away. ‘The quality of music they produced and the professionalism they brought to their musical theatre arrangements and the Warner Proms completely changed my mindset,’ he admits. Otherwise, he finds Warner’s Motown & Soul Festivals a hands-down success, as well as Frankie Valli tribute acts and music from the 60s and 70s. Personally, he is a big Queen fan and loves the musical We Will Rock You, but is always open to new star acts. He’s looking forward to seeing Kerry Ellis perform in 2018 and has fond memories of the Overtones and Russell Watson at Alvaston. ‘Both acts went above and beyond when it came to meets and greets and adding extra value. Guests love that they can meet the stars.’ THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS Yorkshire born and based, Drew Scarle has had song and dance in his bones ever since graduating from drama school. He offers us a rare backstage pass to day-to-day life as entertainment manager at Nidd Hall. H FACEBOOK FAVOURITES Warner Corner Why not join our growing Facebook community. It’s a great way to see Warner news, tips from fellow guests and share your experiences and photos. Join the conversation today, just type warnerleisurehotels into the Facebook search bar and like our page. We look forward to hearing from you. WarnerTimes | 11 Brian Mcdonnell 24 August wishing i was sitting here relaxing after a nice meal. i can but dream. — at Warner Holidays We love looking at your pictures and reading your comments on our facebook page. We thought we’d share a few of our recent favourites. Susan Barclay 27 August Been to Bodelwyddan for 5 day break wonderful time. Good food, friemdly staff recommended it to anyone 5***** warnerhotels.co.uk | 0333 202 0304 Calls (including calls from any type of line including mobile, BT, other fixed line or payphone) cost no more than calls to (01 or 02) geographic numbers. Heather Taylor 27 September Had such an amazing time at Cricket St Thomas, beautiful views and so many hidden gems to be seen. The tribute to the Styalistics were fabulous- Sing Baby Sing. Adele Stenton 25 August Had a fantastic week at Thoresby Hall this week, and made a new friend called Louise on the Falconry Experience Walk. Isn’t she adorable. Xx