Retreat

Ah, it’s not there now, but the memories are, even though the site is now occupied by one rather large supermarket.

For years it was a landmark, an official ‘bus stop’ and meeting place.
Everyone knew The Retreat’ and that its customers would double five minutes after the last strains of the organ were heard in the church opposite. People flocked in, usually followed by the organist and the vicar, under the pretense of keeping his eye on his flock.
It was popular for wedding receptions, pub brawls over girlfriends or spouses, and had a snug for pensioners to sip their stout and sherry as they reminisced about ‘The Old Days’.
No pool tables, but there was shove ha#penny table and a tatty dartboard that looked pregnant and about to birth a treble nineteen.
For me, it was a means of release, a place to play a piano and bring a little joy to some old folks with a sing song. Some of the keys stuck, and a few on the bass seemed to have their own snare drum, but I’d get a tune or twenty out of it, have as much lemonade as I could drink, and go home with something like a fiver in my pocket when they passed the hat.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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16 Responses to Retreat

  1. I think we all have a place that we think of like this. This one sounds delightful.

    • The pub stood for years until the 70s, then was demolished and a huge supermarket built in its place. Happy memories of that old piano for me though

      • What a shame. My old favorutie place is an retirement home now. I feel thanks to the government closing everything most pubs will be gone now. Sad times.

        If that piano could talk it would have so much to tell!

      • I bet, and I’ve played a few honkytonks in my time!

      • The only thing I managed to do with a piano is get detention! We had manadotory music lessons at my high school. I could never figure out the sheet music or keys so I messed about and ended up missing lunch every Wednesday lol

      • It takes me forever to work out the notes, but play me a piece, and I can usually pick up part of the melody. I wanted to take music at O level and they said no, as it wasn’t as if I played an instrument. I said I did, and they were stunned. I passed too.

      • Well done, on passing that exam!

        I can break ciphers fairly easily but I cant decipher sheet music or how it relates to an instrument – go figure!

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Great story Di, I can picture the young you bashing the ivories πŸ’œ

  3. murisopsis says:

    I’m so glad this was based in fact – it sounds like the kind of place that really brought the community together!

  4. Carol anne says:

    It does sound nice! ❀

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