“What is your line of work Brian?’
“I’m a welder by trade, and you?’
“Ex forces man; I was in the RAF.’ I am a policeman now.’
“Ah then you might know a good friend of mine called Billy Giles.’
“Billy Giles I know no one better he was my boss when I was in North Shields.
“Bill and I go back a long way, we were in school together.
“Yes, he was one hell of a footballer in his day and everyone thought that he was going to sign on the books for Newcastle United but he sustained a knee injury after he scored the winning goal for North Shields against Darlington in the FA amateur cup final.’ That put paid to his career and he joined the police force. They made him a sergeant after he stopped an armed robbery at a bank in Morpeth town centre single handily he chased two armed men down a back alley and arrested them both.’
“He was as brave as a bull was Bill.’
“You’re not wrong there he’s always the first one in when there’s any bother.’
“Ah here are the rest of the lads coming in now. Just leave you pint here it won’t go no where.’
He walked up to the committee room where he was introduced to Martyn Devlin the chairman and Harry Crammen the vice chairman. “This is Tommy Simpson our treasurer.
“Lads this is Brian Reid who is going to join us.’
“Every member shook him by the hand then they asked him to sit in for there weekly meeting. He was allocated a duty of selling bingo tickets on Sunday morning which he didn’t mind doing.’
He went to the Chirton club on a Sunday anyway so Alice wouldn’t complain that he was going to be on the committee and that he was moving up in the world.’
When the business was concluded Alan walked back to the bar and told May Johnson that Brian was now a fully fledged committee man and that he was entitled to his five free pints. “You must drink your five pints this evening mind Brian and you are not allowed to sell them on to anyone or save them up for another night.’
“That’s fair; Well then Alan what are you drinking?’
“I will have the same as you Brian.’
“Two bottles of Brown Ale please May.’
“Now tonight there’s nothing going on but on Tuesday night we run bingo upstairs so you will be needed and all committee members are needed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday but it will be morning duty for you; if you want to you can do a Sunday night.’
All committee members’ wives come on Friday and Saturday; that’s so they cannot complain that we leave them in the house.’ You will love it here Brian as the club will look after you and your wife. There are parties held by the division seven and we are invited to other clubs were we go to watch different acts perform so we can book them here if they are any good. All your drink is free and they put on a spread for us as well. It’s a win, win on the committee my new friend; you will never regret joining I’m telling you.’
Brian raised his glass to the committee.’
“He couldn’t wait to tell his wife when he got home and he walked all the way back when the club closed.
The summer night air helped to sober him up as he’d drank seven bottles of Brown Ale. He got in at quarter to twelve and Alice was sitting up in the chair waiting for