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Sepia Saturday 271 : The Bitter Draught Of Progress

2015.03W.08This week our Sepia Saturday theme image features a group of horses gathered around a stream and enjoying a refreshing drink after the toil of a working day. So many possibilities here for the creative Sepian – horses, streams, work – to mention just a few, but for some reason or another I decided to go for a drink!

So here I am enjoying a pint and what looks like a cigar with the Excellent Lady Wife and her parents, Raymond and Edith Berry. I have no idea where the photograph was taken (it is indeed rare for me to forget a pub) and I can only guess as to when it was taken – and that would be sometime in the mid 1970s. At that time we were living in London so it might have been taken in the beer garden of a southern pub (the beer gardens of northern pubs tend to be full of pigeon lofts and forced rhubarb).

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A second image from my scanned negative archives features a northern pub, the Royal Oak in Skipton. It will have been taken in 1966 or early 1967 when I was still at school. We were on a geography field trip to Skipton and whilst the rest of the class surveyed artesian basins and sketched U shaped valleys, a few of my school mates and I went off to the pub. As far as I can discover, the pub has now been converted to a guest house – with neither pigeons nor rhubarb in sight. Such is the bitter draught of progress.

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She what other Sepia Saturday contributors are up to this week by calling in at the Sepia Saturday Blog and following the links.

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