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The Ship

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The Ship was situated at 228 Long Lane.  This pub closed in 2001 and is now in residential use.
I was a compere and singer at this pub with The Steve Williams Trio. The grand piano there belonged to the legendary Roy Budd who had his trio there before we arrived on the scene. Roy Budd composed the music score to Michael Caine's film Get Carter. Our time there was during the Ted Heath government and the 3 day week so we were often blacked out and playing by candlelight. Steve became so attached to that piano that he had it moved to our next three resedencies in pubs where sometimes the stage was not big enough for it.
Sadly, I just heard that Steve passed away January 26th 2013.
Ernest Hales (May 2013)

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Name Dates Comments
Louise 1971-1982 My parents were owners and publicans here for 11 years.
Dawn (Suki) early 1960s My then husband and I had this pub in the 60s, His name was John Ferrant (the licensee) It was noted jazz venue with write-ups in the Musical express. Our resident group was the Tony Lee Trio with various other well known musicians and singers.