MAGICAL CHANGES IN DEBENHAM

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Debenham, not Debenhams, though there was a House of Fraser in the GBG in Darlington once. Odd GBG history in Darlo.

This is the Debenham that sits uneasily at the heart of Mid Suffolk, a mere five miles from Ed Sheeran-owned Framlingham.

Debenham

Fears that Ed has given up his burgeoning musical career to retire to a life running a Suffolk micropub proved unfounded when I turned up at the Woolpack.

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In fact, Suffolk seems to be the place to go to avoid micros, rather like heading to Carluke to avoid zombies.

I know Dave admires Suffolk’s churches and half-timbered buildings, if not its musical heritage.

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St Mary Magdalene
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The bustling B1077

Wikipedia has little to say about the village, bar the following gem;

“While the village has produced some excellent individuals over the years, perhaps the best known is Melvin Mayes. Mr Mayes is a big player in the world of the railways and is now Retail Compliance and Relationships Manager at the Rail Delivery Group.

The father of three daughters has a large collection of whiskey, is a proud owner of a soft top Mercedes and is a known authority when it comes to cooking rice to perfection.”

There were three excellent individuals installed in The Woolpack at 11:30, one of them an estimable barmaid who is bound to feature in Simon’s End of Year list if he makes it to 2030 AN (After Newark).

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It’s such a rare thing to be sharing a pub with other visitors before noon I was taken aback.  They  said “Morning“, and then proceeded with their analysis of the Ipswich Town defence and the horses.

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Pub Life No. 11,277

Twee dining to the left of me,

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My Mum would like it.  Unfussy

dartboard to the right,

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Rare usable dartboard

here I am, stuck in the middle on a high table with you, enjoying a cool, rich Earl Soham Victoria, now brewed in the village apparently.

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No Stealer’s Wheel actually, as the two Old  Boys got to choose the music.

“Put the ’50s tape on”

They looked my way to make sure I wasn’t demanding Ed Sheeran, and I have the nod of approbration.

A rare pub outing for Big Joe Turner.

“We’re old !”

“You’re as old as you feel” I shot back.  Friends for life, eh !

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Reading material

Proper pub snacks too, Alf Turner scratchings and skittles.

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Banned by the time you read this

Such a shame the loos had to let it down.  This being Mid-Suffolk,CAMRA edicts on allowable toilet décor are not due to reach the Woolpack until 2031.

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Oh
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no

So you’d better go there now and complain.

5 thoughts on “MAGICAL CHANGES IN DEBENHAM

  1. “Your as old as you feel”. – non-pc warning klaxon! Groucho Marx said “Your as old as the woman you feel”.

    Daffodils on the tables? In November?

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