Royal Oak

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  • The Royal Oak was run by Charlie McCann when I first moved to the village in 1953 (Coronation year) but was subsequently taken over by Jean and George Beaumont; Jean’s Maiden name was Wood. George was a Scot and they had a son named Justin who became a policeman, I believe. Justin once appeared on television because of his expertise in throwing darts, winning matches against several of the lorry drivers who used to frequent the establishment.
    The only other pubs open to villagers in those days was The Bell and The Chequers. I don’t ever recall The Oddfellows Arms in Church Street, or The Bull (on the corner of St Judith’s Lane) ever being open in my life time in the village. All three pubs were popular and had their own loyal followers; for me The Chequers was the best and run by Kit Cooper and Elsie Burbage for many years. It really was well-attended both during the week and, especially, at the weekend. They used to hold the “Buffalo” meetings there during the week. Great times.

    By Alan Fielding (01/10/2017)

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