“These are on the house lads.’
Thank you so much.’
“Do you mind if I join you.’
“Not at all.’
Roger filled up each of the glasses half full of whiskey then said to Jeffery Thomas Taylor; May you live long and prosper.’
Jeffery Thomas Taylor they all voiced then sank the whiskey down in one.’
“My turn now said Tom but his father had already beaten him he ordered five more.’
Tom raised his glass and said to Jeffery Thomas Taylor may he turn out just like my father.’
Again they toasted and again the glasses were refilled.
By the time Mickey got the round in the effects of the whiskey was taking effect
They took their time with that one then bought a pint after it.’
The music began to play on the juke box as more people came in and they congratulated young Tom and bought him more whiskey. There was a table full by nine o’clock and Tom was passing them around for all to drink.’
Rob looked at Tom and said hey it’s a bloody good job you didn’t name him after my father
“Why, Why, Why’s that then asked Tom?’ the drink was now making his speech slur and his eyes were finding it hard to focus.’
“He was called John; he would have been called John Thomas;
Could Have been worse you might have named him William John Thomas.’
“Willie for short; laughed Mickey.’
By quarter to eleven they were all singing including Roger from behind the bar.
Everyone joined in with the five drunken men as they got up and headed out after thanking everyone for a great night. They walked like zombies towards Tom Hadaway’s fish and chip shop.’
“I’m starvin’ said Tom I’m getting’ two fish me.’
They all staggered along holding one another up and turned up the street towards the fish and chip shop. The smell of the frying food was like a homing device as they all got to the door and went inside.
“Fish and chips five times missus said Mickey and please put some batter on them will yer.’
“Do you want salt and vinegar?’
Aye that an aal.’
Would you like them wrapped or just left open?
Just leave them open please Mickey slurred.’
They all took hold of the huge suppers and began to eat them. Toms taste buds were jumping as he shovelled the food into his mouth.
There’s nowt’ like fish an chips oot of newspaper said Roger.’
“Aye and young Jeffery has it aal t’ come to as well.’
They all stood talking outside the street where they lived. Tom went to his father’s house after saying goodnight to his father in law and Mickey and stayed the night in his old room.
Robert flagged down a taxi from central and jumped in dropping Roger off on the way. he was still eating his supper when he got home. His wife opened the door.’
“Look at the state of you; get in.’
“Do want a chip they are lovely.’
“No, I’ve had my supper.’
Robert sat at the table with his parcel of chips having already eaten the fish.’