Pub memories are revived

RE Those were the days (Gazette, February 10).

The picture of February 1986 featured myself and husband Kit on the occasion of the re-opening of the Queen’s Head after months of refurbishment.

Next to us, with the beard, is Stuart Soper, the area manager for Drybrough’s Brewery and then the architect of the scheme. We were tenants and invested a considerable amount in the development.

We were congratulated on the external alterations by the Civic Society, but since then, the clean lines of the frontage have been changed with the ownership by Tetleys, Vaux and now Punch Taverns.

The yellow banner was left blank until the date of the original inn was established. It is still blank today, even though the Queen’s now claims to be the oldest pub in Alnwick.

Since the demise of The Nag’s Head, I believe this title belongs to The Black Swan, in the guise of The Hairy Lemon.

We enjoyed our time running a community pub with a large cross-section of age, everything from young RAF to pensioners.

With their help, a substantial amount of money was raised for charities. Even today we are still remembered and recognised by old customers.

Eileen Woodward,

Haven Meadows, Shilbottle