Looking for Yesterday

"Looking for Yesterday." Bobby Wray returns to the North East after an absence of fifteen years. After the sudden death of his father. he has been estranged from his mother since he discovered her affair. He stays with his sister Maggie and she tries to get him to build bridges with his mother when the truth is revealed about his father.

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“Well we will have two pints of your finest ale please and could I have a coke for my sister.’

The man began to pour the beers when Bobby spoke again.

“I see the pub is up for sale; is it going out of business?’

“No; I’m getting a little old now and since my wife died I haven’t got the energy to carry on. I want to retire and put my feet up.’

“What is the turnover like?’

“Well very good but it needs someone young to run it.’

“Do you serve food here?’

“No,’ we just made sandwiches but there is a fully workable kitchen if you would like to see it?’

“I would yes.’

“Please come through.’

“I am Peter Jackson by the way.’

Bobby Wray; Bobby shook Peter’s hand, this is my sister Maggie and her husband Steve who are considering buying a place if the price is right.’

“I see; this is a free pub and we are not tied to the brewery so you can negotiate price with your competitors. We sell real ales to the locals who like it.’

There is also a two bed room flat upstairs that you can either rent out or live in yourselves.’

I will show you that in a moment once I have shown you the kitchen.’

Peter took them through to the kitchen that was bigger than what Maggie expected.

Looking around Maggie could see potential here.’

There was room to install another cooker so that two ovens could be going at the same time they could then have a varied menu.

The two rooms came with a bathroom which had a shower and toilet. The rooms would need modernising but Steve knew plenty of decorators, painters, plumbers, and Electricians all looking to do work for them selves.

“How much are you asking for the place?’

“I’m asking for two hundred and fifty thousand but I can negociate.’

“Can I see your books Peter?’

Yes certainly.’ They came back down stairs and into the bar and sat at the table where they left their drinks and had a drink of the beer.

“He keeps a good pint said Steve.’

Looking around the bar Maggie’s eyes were working overtime; she was working out how many tables she could fit into the bar and lounge. How many customers that would sit at each table.’

Peter brought the books over and Bobby perused them for a while.

“Well what do you think Bobby?’

“I think the place has potential; it will need a lot of re-modernising but I reckon I can get this place for two hundred grand.’

Leave me to speak with the old man on my own.’

Alright Bobby said Maggie she trusted him after he had successfully negotiated a price for a new building with furniture and all fittings.’

“Peter, can we speak privately?’

“Yes certainly.’

Peter took him through to the back then closed the door.’

They were in the room for a half hour and then Bobby came out and winked at Maggie.

He’s done it said Maggie; he’s got it for two hundred grand.’

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