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No Manuels at 'Fawlty Towers' hotel in Torquay

The manager of the hotel that inspired the TV show Fawlty Towers has praised the work of his immigrant staff. Photo: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The manager of the hotel said to have inspired the hit TV show Fawlty Towers has praised the work of his immigrant staff.

In stark contrast to the hapless Manuel, Trevor Cornish at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, says his foreign workforce are "very hardworking" and hoteliers in the area would struggle to run their businesses without them.

Fawlty Towers was based on The Gleneagles Hotel at the time of the show but was filmed in Buckinghamshire. Credit: BBC

Mr Cornish's comments come as Ukip leader Nigel Farage used his spring conference in the town to lay out his party's stance on immigration.

Mr Farage told delegates that politicians will be unable to control the numbers coming into the country as long as it remains a member of the EU.

We embrace the eastern European workers that come into this country. We have five or six here at the moment and they are very hard-working...I think we would find it very difficult as hotels and hoteliers locally to operate from time to time without that labour force.

– The Gleneagles Hotel general manager Trevor Cornish
A signed photograph hangs on the wall at The Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay. Credit: ITV News
Prunella Scales, John Cleese, Connie Booth and Andrew Sachs pictured in 2009. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire