Funny the things that hit you… I was thinking just the other day that among my earliest recollections is being taken into The Sandpits – now The Bedwardine – around about Coronation time. Bearing in mind I’d only have been 5 or 6, I also have clear recollections of The Swan in St Johns, The Anchor, The Berwick, The Ketch and especially the now-defunct Heenan’s Club, and the fact that I was so young just goes to show the scale of the impact, right? Some years on, I also recall looking across an open field in a newly-created estate where I’d gone to visit a pal whose parents had previously kept The Old Rectifying House and seeing a patch of land taped-off and marked ‘Site for new pub. To be called The Glover’s Needle’ – where entirely by coincidence I came across Colin P. this week. Now while my recollections of Worcester pubs in the 50s are pretty bloody good bearing in mind I was still in single figures for most of the decade, Colin’s are crystal clear and nothing short of encyclopaedic – even though at best he’s only a couppla years older than me, a fact that irks me no end on account of I don’t like being beaten at my own game. “Well it’s like this, see Bobby” he said: “…we lived in the Blockhouse and every Friday night, our mam used to send me round the pubs to fetch the old man home before he’d spent his wage packet. So I got to know them all: the old Prince of Wales, The Railway, The King Billy, The Beehive, The Crowle House, the lot. Anyway, one day he asked me how come I always managed to find him long before closing time, then 10 o’clock. So I told him our mam always gave me two bob (10p) to find him – upon which he handed me half-a-crown (12 and a half pence) and carried on doing so every week to tell her I couldn’t find him!”. Oh, I forgot to say, Colin retired early – about 12 years ago – from a role he’d been highly successful in: you guessed, financial adviser!
The wages of sin…
Tags: Heenan's Club, Prince of Wales, The Anchor, The Beehive, The Berwick, The Crowle House, The Glover's Needle, The Ketch, The King Billy, The Old Rectifying House, The Prince of Wales, The Railway, The Sandpits, The Swan in St Johns