It wasn’t just The Highwayman who got to the inn to find that all was locked and barred. The record attendance at last night’s Poems & Pints at the Beartown Tap meant that within 5 minutes of us starting, the door had to be closed and a sign put outside the room saying, Sorry, Poems & Pints full.
Apologies to anyone who may have turned up after that and could not get in. We crammed as many people into the room – some sitting on chairs some on the floor and some standing – as was safe. There was a time when there was a touch of irony to my adding ‘Arrive early for a seat’ to the posters for these nights. Happily that’s not been the case for some time now. It was great to see our many regulars there last night and so many first-timers too.
Those of you who were able to get along (and get in!) will have heard me announce that the new landlord at the Tap (who couldn’t have been more helpful – running here and there with extra chairs for us) has plans to knock the wall through to the smaller room adjacent to that in which we hold these readings. He’s not doing it as a result of last night’s turnout (wouldn’t that be something!) but it’s certainly going to give us some much needed extra space for P & P nights.
Last night raised £72 for the charity Visyon. Many thanks to you all.
The equally wonderful P & P at the Crown in Goostrey takes place next on Wednesday 2nd February. Hope I see you there.