‘Twas the Friday night before Christmas, and all across the land lads and lasses donned Father Christmas hats and drank 8 pints of
Bass Carling WKD in the nearest pub after their jovial boss, probably called Martin, sent them home after lunch.
Well, no, of course they didn’t. There are no pubs, Proper pubs anyway, for Northern folk like me. I’d really been looking forward to a night in the Bankers Draft and the Brown Bear, too.
So 2020 sees the end of a run of great Black Eye Fridays in some of our most funtastic towns.
2017 – Barnsley
Fluffy jumpers and political discourse, the mark of a South Yorkshire mining town.
Of course, Christmas in Barnsley means Belgian Blue, a tradition as old as giving your whippet a bobble hat.
2018 – Barrow-on-Furness & Ulverston
This was also my birthday, a famous night memorable for drinking the Landlord’s beer in Foxfield and this incident;
2019 – The Goyt Inn, Whaley Bridge
Not as serene as the setting suggests,
proof that a Proper Pub with Stella and swearing and children and darts and BBB can still get in the Guide.
Actually, the night before the Goyt I’d been in Workington and Whitehaven, where Black Eyed Thursday has EU protected status.
Two Wetherspoons; guess which one is from which town ?
Astonishingly, Whitehaven is in Copeland, the Local Authority with the lowest Covid cases in the entire country yesterday. And still not Tier 1.
Roll on 2021.