“Put your good jacket on as well that other you wear is fit for the ragman. I will not have my husband looking like he’s just jumped off Staggie’s barrow.’
Tom went into the wardrobe and pulled out his black three quarter length jacket then put it on. He placed a black leather cap on his head and put on his winkle pickers.
He kissed Shirley before hurrying up the road to the club.
George Taylor stood at the bar chatting to his apprentice Michael Laidler who was in the club with his father. The domino card seller came over and asked George if he wanted a go. He picked out two numbers then handed him five bob.’
The room was beginning to fill up with smoke and the noise level rose as the bar started to fill up. Tom walked through the door at ten past twelve and looked for his father. He eased his way through to the bar where his father was standing.
“Hi dad; sorry I’m late we had Mickey and Alison this morning for breakfast.’
Aye, Colin Moses is painting and decorating for them and he likes to just get on with it so Mickey and Alison came around.’
“I see, where are they now then.’
“They’ve gone along to Alison’s mother’s house for dinner.’
“Have you been to Church this morning?’
Your mother and I never miss you know that and the reverend Jackie Grimshaw looks forward to us coming.’
“That’s only because you fill the offertory plate fatha.’
“We must always help the less fortunate in this world son.’
“Are Elizabeth and Peter coming today?’
“Yes, they said that they were coming; Peter said he would be coming along for a pint or two so look out for him will you.’
Games of dominoes, darts, and cards were getting under way now as the majority of the crowd dispersed and went upstairs to the concert room to play bingo.
Peter walked in at twelve thirty. He had a brown three piece suit on with an Albert watch chain and a trilby hat on. His brown brogues were highly polished and he looked very smart. He had grown a moustache and it was neatly trimmed which made him look more like the actor David Niven. He certainly was the same build.
Ah there you are.’ said Peter as he caught the attention of Sandra Hearn who was serving behind the bar.
“Three large whiskeys please.’
“I will get these said George as he turned and took out his wallet.’
“Very kind of you George thanks.’
“How is everyone; well Elizabeth is helping Agnes with the dinner even though she protested.’
“You know the old saying “too many cooks spoil the broth.’
“I think she is just preparing all the vegetables for her to save time.’
Agnes has the timing off to a T’ she always has it on the table for me at quarter past three.
Elizabeth fusses too much and when the kids come around then we usually have dinner early.’
“We always have a big beef Joint on a Sunday with home made Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings.
“Aye and home made rice pudding an aal.’
That’s right son.’
The lads clinked there glasses then downed the whiskey.’