Save Your Local Pubs

Long live the local petition at 13th Oct 2021

Over 100,000 people have now signed the petition ask the Government to lower VAT & Business Rates for pubs and for an overall reduction in Beer Duty.

Rishi Sunak will be delivering his budget on 27th October. If you haven’t done so already, there is still time for you to sign the Long Live the Local petition and to tell your friends.

The Black Swan 148 Bow Road

People still comment on older articles under Where’s My Boozer Gone? This morning David Hughes wrote in to say: “My father-in-law Bob McCarthy was the landlord of The Black Swan 148 Bow Road in the early seventies. It was a proper east end pub with a lively atmosphere and colourful clientele. I met my wife here who was the barmaid, after chatting her up and asking if I could take her home, she replied she was already home, she was Bob’s daughter and lived there.

“Bob went on to be the landlord of The Earl of Ellesmere 36 Ellesmere Street Poplar, another fantastic pub, sadly demolished like the swan replaced by unsightly mundane flats, progress I think they call it.

“Would love to hear some memories of any punters that used both pubs and desperate to find any photos, which seem to be rare to find. All the best.”

David’s comment, and other recent comments, can be seen under Where’s My Boozer Gone? – The story so far.