This is our good friend Sue Shorter playing percussion at the Red Lion's Open Mike evening which is every Wednesday;
It's an evening where anybody can play although in fact there is a small circle of musicians who give the evening some cohesion.
Sue does special percussion performances herself but on Wednesday she was on stage for most of the evening providing backing for a constantly changing group of musicians.
We hadn't been before and even if there was quite a lot of Country music (not really me) it was fun.
I really enjoyed a young man's version of John Lennon's 'How do you sleep at night'. It's an amazing song to start with; lennon's attack on Paul McArtney after the breakup of The Beatles.
It's bitter, it's angry, it doesn't get played enough.
Without realising it, we've been turning up for evenings we wouldn't normally have gone to at The Red Lion; the pub continues to have it's 'haircut' to make it presentable for anyone who might turn up to buy it;
One of many casualties have been the two Pterodactyls which suddenly appeared for no obvious reason and have now disappeared in the same way. I'm not sure how I feel about that I just know that gradually the pubs character is vanishing too.
What's next - us?
Here's 'Ginge the cat' who has gone along with the other two cats; Roxy and Ronnie.
Ginge never liked Jazz - he would leave when the music began and only came back halfway through the last number.
Here he is in his favourite place - lying on top of the fish tank;
Unfortunately, the fish have now gone too.
The pub is painted, some tasteful floral displays have appeared.......all they need to do now is get rid of the regulars!
We need to save this pub before it's too late. If you haven't done so already, please sign the petition to get 'Community Asset' status which would prevent speculators finishing off the job of killing this community pub.
Here's the petition;
(a don't still you drop production)
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org