Boyhood memories from a special era of song and salvation

I READ with interest the story about naming Wisbech s new pub after The Case is Altered. This brought back happy boyhood memories of the old Horse Fair where I lived. As a matter of interest, there were four pubs situated within the old Horse Fair. The Ca

I READ with interest the story about naming Wisbech's new pub after The Case is Altered.

This brought back happy boyhood memories of the old Horse Fair where I lived.

As a matter of interest, there were four pubs situated within the old Horse Fair. The Case is Altered stood on the corner of East Place and Canal Street. Opposite, on the other side of Canal Street, stood a pub called The Hope, which backed on to the old canal. Next door to The Case is Altered was the Salvation Army meeting hall.

Towards what is now Freedom Bridge roundabout there were two more pubs, The Sun Inn was between Albion Square and Canal Side and its landlord was Jimmy Giddings.


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The last pub, The Castle Inn, was kept by my father Harry Garford, and before him by by his brother Leslie. The Castle Inn stood in Albion Place facing what was called The Cannon. Incidentally, this pub sold only ale. It was not licensed to sell spirits.

Going back to the Salvation Army, every Saturday night members in their uniforms would visit the pubs for donations, and in return, you were offered Salvation Army newspapers The War Cry or The Young Soldier.

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I remember when my parents kept The Castle Inn a Salvation Army lady, named Mrs Bouch, would often be asked by the drinkers to sing a song which she gladly did.

Happy memories of a special era.

DAVE GARFORD

Grosvenor Road

Wisbech

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