“No, no my good man I meant are you a member of the templar’s?’
“Well we will have to fix that won’t we; we can get you in if you would care to join us?’
“Not wishing to alienate himself Steve agreed to join and he was told where to meet the following Thursday. They told him the Masonic hall was only along the road next to the church.’
“Are you of Christian persuasion?’
“We all attend the church here don’t we; and the templar’s support the church.’
It’s all very hush, hush if you get my meaning said Charles touching the end of his nose.’
Your secret is safe with me.’
“Would you like a drink with us Stephen?
“Well I don’t usually drink during the day.’
“One drink won’t kill you man.’
“Alright then, just the one.’
By closing Steve had had four large whiskeys and because he’d only eaten a light breakfast he was feeling it.’
When they left at twenty past three Steve tried to sober himself up by keeping busy.’
Peter came down and told him not to get drawn in by the three men.’
Remember you are the landlord Steve; your reputation precedes you so be careful.’ Drinking on the job will lead to mistakes so be careful my friend.’
“Do what I do pour yourself a ginger ale instead of Whiskey that way you keep them happy and yourself sober. Now go and have yourself a sit down before your work men arrive. I will tidy up here don’t worry.’
“Thanks’ Peter; seems there’s a lot to be learned about the pub game.’
Peter went through the back and made a pot of very strong coffee and drank several cups.
By five thirty that afternoon he was feeling better.’
Steve locked up the place and helped Peter moved the last of his things into the back of his car before going over the road to the shop to get himself a pie from the pork shop.
He brought it back to the bar and sat eating it at one of the tables which made him feel a lot better with something on his stomach.
He checked the barrels after that and marked up how much he had sold that day in beer and whiskey sales. Four large whiskeys had cost him ten pounds out of his own pocket. He couldn’t do that every day that would be seventy pounds a week. So he decided that he would follow Peter’s advice he placed a bottle of ginger ale next to the Whiskey optic and he would only have the one (Ginger Ale) then make his excuse and get on with something, anything so that he wouldn’t be drawn in to drinking with the three gentlemen.
Stan Taylor arrived to sort the plumbing out and remove the old pipe work and replace it with new. New fixings were put in place for the dishwasher and cooker by Ray Watts his electrician and the tiler Bob Hall set to work removing the old tiles and bagging them up to be taken away in the van outside. Peter returned at six thirty ready to reopen at seven.’