Thursday, May 07, 2009


It was good to talk, if only briefly, to a character who will be familiar to many Brigg pub-goers of the past 25-plus years.
Cedric Hawkins engaged me in conversation while in Scunthorpe Precinct yesterday afternoon. Just like he did in various Brigg hostelries while he was living in the town at either Cormac House or Birch House (can't remember exactly which, but maybe Ken Harrison, or some other Blog regular, will be able to help!).
Cedric remembered nights spent in the Queen's Arms, on Wrawby Street, when Jean Cunningham was running the hostelry, later taken over by Bob and Sue Nicholson and then transformed into The Fish Inn, before finally becoming The Vines restaurant (under different ownership).
"You've changed a lot," said Cedric - in reference to a bit of middle-aged spread. Remember, back then, it was sometimes three games of sport a weekend - two hockey, one football!
We also used to encounter Cedric, from time to time, in other pubs, such as The Woolpack and The White Hart.

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