One of my old, regular pubs, The Ship, on Old Leigh has suddenly closed without rhyme or reason. I used to drink in there most Fridays on the early shift to play darts and sometimes a few hands of crib with Val, the landlady and it is sad news to hear of its demise.
It was getting a little rough around the edges even in my time but the live bands used to be good, the beer was always excellent then and we always had a good laugh there.
The only thing that won't be missed was the climb up the hill afterwards. What a killer that was.
Full sp at The Echo.