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The Retreat – Image by KL Caley
For visually challenged writers, the image shows a beautifully lit retreat with large windows overlooking a little pond and a decking area. Twinkling lights surround the pond.
It had stood there for years, always popular, always full.
Everyone knew The Retreat.
It was a rendezvous for strangers looking to make new friends, a meeting place for secret lovers away from the normal crowds and people they knew.
It was a bus stop for my bus going to school, though coming home, the stop was named after the church on the opposite side of the road.
I have happy memories of The Retreat.
Not as you may think though.
A quiet corner and an old piano, sing songs for the elderly in The Snug, reminiscing of days long gone brought to the forefront of their mind by old melodies from even older musicals.
Joyful voices in celebration over Christmas and New Year, cheers and chants as one year ended and a new one began. They passed the hat, and I came away with over thirty quid.
It’s a supermarket now. They demolished the pub way back in the 80s, digging out the cellars to make an underground car park. I haven’t been back. Those I entertained all those years ago are long departed. Happy days though.