Meet the volunteers: Sue Beal

Room & Tour Guide, Plas Newydd

Sue Beal - Room & Tour Guide

Without them we wouldn't be able to look after all our special places, so this Volunteers' Week we decided to get to know them a little better. Meet Sue Beal...

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What you do in your role:

Try to enhance visitors’ experience by answering questions, highlighting items of interest & providing information about the people who have lived at or visited Plas Newydd

How long have you been volunteering?

4+ years

Why do you volunteer?

I have the time and want to play a small part in ensuring our wonderful heritage remains accessible to everybody.

Do you volunteer anywhere else? (if so, tell us about it)

Visits Organiser for Llandudno Decorative & Fine Arts Society.  Our next day visit is to Mostyn Hall and St Asaph Cathedral  and at the end of September a 5 day visit to Cardiff.

Coffee or tea?

Tea then coffee elevenses, tea in the afternoon and coffee in the evening!

" I have the time and want to play a small part in ensuring our wonderful heritage remains accessible to everybody."
- Sue Beal, Volunteer Room & Tour Guide

Tell us something about your background

I started as a Home Economics (Domestic Science) teacher then as the Curriculum changed I taught Design, Caring Skills, Nursery Nursing and finally I organised Access to Higher Education courses for Adults returning to education.

If a film was made of your life – who would play you?

I would like to say Angelina Jollie but more fitting would be Judi Dench

Tell us something that nobody at the NT knows about you.

I can’t ride a bike!

When you were a child, what did you want to be and why?

A nurse – I was always bandaging people up, taking pulses, sticking pencils in their mouths to take their temperature!  Being rather heavy handed it is a blessing I went in a different direction!

Which do you prefer: A good book or good film?

The book before the film

Who’s your hero?

A friend in her late 80s who is so interested in everybody and everything,  except technology, and who has always breakfasted, made her bed and put her make up on before 9.00am!!