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Welcome Inn



The Welcome Inn was situated at 122 Queen Street.
Source: Darren
My grandparents ran the this pub from 1948 to about 1955. I was born in Sharoe Green hospital and lived with my parents and grandparents at the pub for a few years. My vivid memory was of the public bar with it's polished wooden seats around both sides of the room and the piano room with it's push bells, (to call the waiter!). I loved the smell of the beer and the smell of polish, oh so evocative. Although I was only seven when my Grandfather Mark Bolton died and my Grandmother, Margaret moved out, I could draw a plan of the whole pub, both downstairs and upstairs. I remember lying in my bed and listening to all the 'clients' leaving after the time bell was rung, when they would say goodnight to one another over and over again and I also remember the words to so many 1940's songs which were sung downstairs accompanied by the piano, the noise getting louder and louder the more people drank. I remember my Grandfather's coffin in the upstairs room and people filing by to pay respects, something a seven year old could not understand. Other memories were of Drayman's day, the regular in the bar with one finger missing, going to the corner shop in Vat street, watching the workers leaving Courtalds factory, the smell of the men's urinals, the attic rooms where the cigarettes were stored, the smell of damp in the bedrooms, the sound of happy people!
I went to the Harris museum recently and saw a teapot which was owned by a landlady of the Welcom Inn. It seems like the pub was well liked and memorable to many.
Christine Brown (November 2014)

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