Thank you for the rewarding memories in The Star (Dec 28) of the Devonshire Arms pub, Herries Road, with the Forum Cinema in he background.
The pub was constructed when I lived in the Norwood Estate attending Longley School.
In 1960, whilst at college, I served there as a barman when last orders were called at 9.55pm and the bar closed at 10pm, with towels placed over the beer pumps.
The bar served the public (tap) room on the left and the lounge on the right. In the tap room a pint of mild would cost 1/ – (5p) and best 1/3. It cost 1d more in the lounge.
A favourite with many customers was the Green ’Un (2d or 3d).
The pub had no cellar but served very good beer. I recall many of landlord Bernard’s nights off (Wednesdays) being spent in the pub on the other side of the bar.
The Forum and Devonshire Arms were demolished to make wayway for a hotel-style pub and Tesco.
I have pictures somewhere of the Helliwells’ house and farm yard where the Tesco and adjacent shops now stand.
I also have photos of Merely fields on the Shirecliffe Estate full of dairy cows, taken probably just after Longley School was built. Alf Helliwell/son is still alive.
I would love to see a photo of the Forum frontage where as an eight- year-old I’d ride out on my imaginary horse after the Saturday matinee.
Mr M Dodgson