15 June 2002
First it was "Consignia", then it was "Monday:", now it seems to be "The Flower Fairy".
The trend in modern businesses to undertake "re-imaging" and rebranding seems to have reached Glemsford. The redecoration referred to in previous instalments of this opus has taken on new dimensions.
First of all there was the repainting, which was fair enough; now, other cosmetic details have been added in the form, first of all, of bright white lights reminiscent in colour and brilliance of the mercury vapour lamps which normally adorn railway marshalling yards (or did in the days when railways carried freight) or the perimeter fences of high security prisons. Some uncharitable people have suggested that these are designed to provide Kevin and Sizewell with cheap out-of-hours golf driving facilities. They will certainly create an interesting diversion for 737 pilots on their way into Stansted Airport.
Along with a couple of signboards, the other alteration is the long-overdue replacement of the Inn sign which hangs above the bay window. The old one was a disgrace. It looked like a cross between Shirley Temple on a bad day and that "Bubbles" portrait that used to advertise Pears Soap, on a hideously bright blue background. Over the years it had weathered badly, and had never got over its adornment with a well-aimed carton of sweet 'n' sour sauce from Wongs Takeaway.
That is not to say however that we are delighted with the replacement.
And she has wings.
This is the clue that tells us that she is supposed to be an Angel.
I am thus convinced that Messrs. Greene, King, in collusion with PT and the Suffolk Pub Company, have decided on a major rebranding exercise, and that The Angel is henceforward to be known as
The Flower Fairy.
Who am I to argue?
Jubilee Time and the World Cup at
Monday June 10th saw Kevin celebrating what he claimed as his 38th birthday.
We've been deeply saddened in recent weeks by the deaths of three people with various links to the pub and village. Our deepest sympathies to all the relatives and friends of:
All three will be sadly and badly missed.
I've decided to keep each addition to these pages separate, rather than simply add length. I hope regular readers will not get too confused.
Kevin and Paula's Early Days at