“Chirton West View.’ Do you know it?’
“Yes, I know it.’
“My Aunt lives there.’
“What is she called I might know her?’
“Joanne Bowman, her husband is Ray Bowman.’
Alice shook her head then said that she didn’t speak to many people and that she kept herself to her self.
I’m surprised that you don’t know them as they have live there over forty years.’
Like I said, I’m a very private person and like to keep myself to myself.’
Alice was glad when Brian returned.’
“Would you like another drink love?’
“Yes, that would be nice; can you get Helen one as well please.’
“Thank you, you are so kind.’
“I will come with you Brian I must visit the ladies. It must be the draft from the door or something.’
Why don’t you move over onto our table then you wont be near the draft.’
Good idea Helen, I won’t be long.’
Once out of earshot she told Brian that they lived at number 36 Chirton West View if Helen started asking questions. “By the way you don’t know her Aunt Joanne Bowman or her husband Ray alright.’ She made a laugh then walked away.
When Brian returned he sat at Alan’s table and placed the drinks down from the tray then returned it to the bar.
Alan was about to order another pint when Brian told him there was one on the table for him.
“Thanks Brian; I will get the next round in.’
Harry Crammen the vice chairman and his wife Elsie arrived Brian introduced her to his wife. Alan was acting as concert Chairman tonight because Tommy Simpson and His wife Margaret had gone with Martyn Devlin the chairman and his wife Annabel to the Ferry Hill Social Club to sit in the pool and watch the acts in the hope that they could book them to appear at the New York Social Club.
“Who we got on tonight asked Harry to Alan.’
“We have the Valiant’s on at seven thirty, then a comedian called Bobby Thompson at eight thirty then we finish with a group called Talisman; bit of a rock band apparently with Dave Ditchburn who comes on right after the bingo at nine.’
Alan and you Brian make sure every one is supped up and out of this room by eleven twenty. I want the club locked at eleven thirty understood. “Anyone gives you hassle come for me; don’t try any heavy stuff I will get them out.’
Alan got up and read the results of the five domino cards that had gone around and Brian had won one so he would get a fiver and that would cover Alice’s drinks plus a couple of his own. Brian usually drank about nine pints at the weekend but had sworn to Alice that he would only drink five whilst he was on duty.
“He had drunk three bottles already and the first act wasn’t on yet.’
Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the New York Social Club your first act on stage tonight is the Valiant’s.’ The packed room whistled and cheered as the band took to the stage. “Dream lover” was the first number the group led by Ronnie Fullerton sang.’
Helen turned to Brian and said “Alice tells me that you used to live beside my Aunt Joanne Bowman near Ralph Gardner school?’
“Yes number thirty six, Chirton West View.’
“I’m surprised that you don’t know her she lives at number fifty two.’