Memories of


Brendan Shannon

Brendan was known by many at the Hilton Brighton Metropole.  We have created this online book so that we can bring together everyone’s memories. Family, friends and colleagues alike – please do leave a message, and share your photos or videos. Write a line, a paragraph, or even sonnet ❤️

Owner :Henrietta Pike
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Katja Harjanne

Dear Brendan I will always remember you as the warm, friendly yet stern boss, colleague & friend who had the impecable eye for the detail. We had so many good times working at the Met.  You now shine brightly like a star above us and I will always keep my memories of you close …

Henrietta Pike

Stephen Elliott

So sad to here about Brendan’s passing he was a pleasure to work with. After I left the Metropole I bumped in to Brendan all the time. But it didn’t matter if you hadn’t seen him for a while as as soon as you started talking it was as if no time had passed …

Henrietta Pike

Nic Wagstaff

The Brightest of Star’s that lit up every room, it was an honour to work with you at the Hilton…. A true gentleman… May you rest in peace… Your beautiful light and smile will never go out…. I’m grateful to have met you a truly wonderful manager xx RIP  …

Henrietta Pike

Laurent Boutonne

Such a sad day when you left us… you will be forever remembered as the one and only Brendan, the one we go to for help, advice or a great laugh. Thank you for being so supportive and believing in people you were a true model for us all. Now you rest forever and …

Laurent Boutonne

Steven green

Dear Brenda, I always found your humour witty and enjoyed our chats, made my time at the metropole fun. Rest in peace mate, thoughts are with you.  …

Henrietta Pike


Brendan you were such a gentleman. I still remember when I had my first interview at Hilton Brighton , I was so nervous but you just made me feel so comfortable with your kindness and bubbly personality. Everytime I needed something or if I had a personal problem you would always come and have a …

Mariana Silva

Michaela Schaffers

It was such a great pleasure to work with you, ….so many funny moments we had! I definately learnt a lot from you and your support during the time in the Metropole – was just unique! I really want to say THANK YOU for that! You will be always part of my life, and …


Kai Laochariyakul

Brendan… I still remember the first day we met! You are funny and most supportive person and a great friend. I feel privileged to know you and worked with you. The things you taught me have shaped me who I am today. Forever grateful…You will always hold a special place in my heart.  …

Kai Laochariyakul

Abbie Buchan

The lovely lovely man who hired me at Avisford!! I will never forget you as being one of my favourite personalities from there. You had a sense of humour that would have me in fits and I always admired your passion for hospitality. I wish we’d worked together longer as I’ve heard so many …

Henrietta Pike

Daniel English

This is very sad news as you Brendan are one of a kind, you was a very happy and outgoing person and when I worked at the metropole you was very professional and always had a laugh with the lads in the kitchen. you will be sorely missed and my thoughts and prays are …

Henrietta Pike

Verity Pentney

It was a joy to work with you. You always showed warmth, kindness and empathy along with great knowledge. I will not forget the vintage ice crusher vs many many mojitos. I hope there is a comfy chair and a refreshing drink waiting for you. Xx …

Henrietta Pike

Gary Holmes

Was an absolute pleasure to have known and worked with you, i loved your witty humour and creative mind, i will always remember to have a clean bean spoon. RIP my friend …


Andy Smithers

I’m so glad I got to work with you, for what was probably the shortest stint ever. In those ‘four’days at Gatwick I got to know you slightly more and we shared a few coffees in my tiny office. I will always remember you for your engaging humour, your warm ness and yours and Mikes …

Andy Smithers

Mike Reilly

To a dear dear Brendan – what fun you made the Metropole and what great memories! Fly high my friend .. heaven just got another angel. If you could wave a  magic wand – what would you want the outcome to be …. remember ? all my love to Mike and the family xxx  …

Henrietta Pike

Alison O'Gorman

Doll, your light has shone on so many, it will always be my honour to have known you, and to have shared your special wedding day. I’ll never forget our duty observation shifts at the ship, where on too many occasions you made me laugh to tears. Sleep well darling x …


Tracy Hammerschlag

Brendan it was a great honour to call you my friend , you always put a smile on everyone face with your witty sense of humour with you  classy and funny cathphase, you have certainly left a huge whole on my heart ❤ sleep well my friend until we meet again love you always …

Henrietta Pike


So sad you’ve gone Brendan. Fun to be with, generous in so many ways. I’ll always remember you with gratitude.  …


Henrietta Pike

B.  I can’t believe you’ve gone 😞 ❤️.God we laughed!Give Dolbs a hug from me.Your friend Hen xox    …

Henrietta Pike

Sarah Cross

Brendan was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. It was a joy to work with him.  …

Henrietta Pike

Ben Hickley-Smith

Brendan, thanks for giving me the job and all the work we did together in those years at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. It’s very sad you’ve left us too soon. You will be missed. R.I.P. Brendan. …

Henrietta Pike

Jan Hickley

I will always fondly remember the lovely Brendan for going above and beyond to secure my son Ben a permanent part time job at The Hilton Metropole. He didn’t have to but he made it happen and Ben was there for over 10 years. Ben had previously been on work experience for many months …


mark shoulders

brenden. you where one of a was one of the best bosses to work all the 34 years i worked at the one can fill your a drink now with joy, may be gone.but not mark and stella …


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