The fresh air was nice on the lungs as they walked down south parade.
Simon was pointing out bars like the Hairy Lemon, Zinc, and Fitzpatrick’s on the way down. They turned the corner of the Rex Hotel where groups of girls were heading in the same direction. They were wearing short skirts and vests; some wore no bras as they walked along with their bare arms folded. All the bars were free to get in until twelve then you had to pay at the door to get in. There were usually two bouncers on each door and two inside to stop any trouble. Nearly all wore lack bomber jackets and underneath the white shirts and clip on tie they wore body armour to protect them from stabbings which was then on the increase. The doormen let them into idol’s and all three went to the bar to have a look at the girls who were wearing next to nothing as they bent down to pour drinks or get bottles.’
You won’t get pints in here said Simon but with it being Thursday they do two bottles for one.’
You can either had Hooch or Budweiser.’
“Bud I think said Bobby to Simon as he asked one of the barmaids for three bottles.’
She brought out six then opened each of them then asked for seven pounds fifty.’
“Two fifty for two bottles said John that’s bloody extortion.’
“It will be three quid a bottle all weekend John.
“Hey come on these buggers are taking the piss.’
“No wonders that I don’t come down to Whitley Bay to drink.’
“Its five pounds a bottle in Portsmouth and the bars just like here are chocker block.
“They call it supply and demand.’
“More like “Stand and deliver” bloody highway robbery if you ask me.’
“That was a song wasn’t it?’
“Aye, that tosser called Adam and the Gnats sang it.’
“Adam and the Ants said Bobby laughing.’
“I knew it were some ponsy name.’
Just then to their right a fight broke out and someone had a bottle smashed over his head and was bleeding from a gash.
The two bouncers were quickly on the scene and the offenders evicted.
The injured man was led outside where they waited for an ambulance.’
“Bloody two pint wonder men said Simon; they drink that Hooch shit that tastes like pop but is 5% alcohol and they get rat arsed in five minutes because it goes down to easily.’
“Wait until you see the lasses; about one o’clock in the morning they are that pissed they cannot walk. Half of them are spewing up and the rest are staggering about with their boobs hangin’ oot.’
Some of the barmaids climbed up onto the bar and began to dance seductively to Bronski beat and Marc Almond’s cover version of “I feel Love’ originally sung by Donna Summer. Most of the men had now turned to watch the girls dancing.
They all looked like they had been to dancing school as they moved effortlessly across the bar. John’s eyes were nearly popping out of his head as one girl squatted just above his head.
“I bet your lass cannot do that John laughed Simon.’
“She never could even when we first met; never mind now.’
“The young lasses now seem more liberated than in my day.’
“Christ you’re only twenty six yer na John; not sixty six. He’s talkin’ like me fatha’
“Never mind me granddad get the round in it’s your turn.