I grew up in Kineton in the 60's - I was a
patron of the Red Lion from 1966 (when I turned 18) until 1973 when I left
the village for a new life in California. USA.
I have a lot of fond memories of the Red Lion.
There were the Sunday night dances in the Rodney room and at one time
there was a Friday night disco.
For a while we used to play the game of Aunt
Sally in the small parking lot located between the actual pub and the
Rodney Room that was out in the back of the premises.
Jim Young was the great no nonsense land lord.
They served pies and chips at a the side window. The pub was always alive
from Friday night through Sunday night.
People like Desi Smith, Roger Dymond, Richard
Eliff, Keith Howe and of course Andrew 'Speedy' Harrison and his brother
Tony, Barbara Paice (all sadly no longer with us) Eddie Paice, Brian
Bennett, Hazel and Martin Maloney, Jenny and Dave Prickett, Tony and
Trevor Bennett, Dougie Gillam, Philip 'Tich' Gillam, Billy Prickett to
mention but a few. It was the focal point of the village and when it
closed so did a big part of Kineton. We used to pub crawl between the Lion
and the Swan and the Carpenters (affectionately known as the Carps) Three
different pubs with totally different personalities. But the Lion was the
kick ass pub. Many many personal memories of the Red Lion. Too many to