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I remember the Trocadera from the fifties when it was run with a rod of iron by Mr & Mrs Phroo, even raising your voice was frowned upon. I seem to remember reading on a notice inside that it started life a a private fire station owned by an insurance company.
There was a second one relating how when a member of the staff was sacked he came back and shot the manager
The Longboat was a fave haunt of mine after work with my friend Paula Breese as she worked close by at the DSS. I hope I have attached this pic correctly. It is me (not drunk, but looks very much like I have imbibed 23 V&T's!) after just tripping down the steps outside the pub in the mid eighties.Hope it works.
I understand the area has now changed to a great extent. I must have a wander over there when next in the city.
After work pubs have included the Mercat Cross in Digbeth (is that still there? It used to open very early for the market traders..they used to have bands playing and had my 18th birthday party in there.) The Adam and Eve in Bradford Street, The Hostaria Wine Bar in Hurst Street (very chic, best clothes always!!) and the Yard of Ale in in the city centre. A wee tincture after a stressful day! There was another pub in Digbeth, called the Barrel Organ. Just by the bus station..again had bands playing and the Crossroads cast could be found drinking in there most lunchtimes!
Some of the Crossroads cast used to use The Anchor in Rea Street as well. Their rehearsal rooms were in Bradford Street. (They used to rehearse???) Some were OK, some were stand-offish. Noele Gordon didn't, she wouldn't mix with us riff-raff! She had a penthouse apartment at the top of one of the Sentinels, the tall flats at the Bristol Rd / Holloway Head junction.
I think it's just one of those typical cases where marketing people know nothing about a subject, and don't care. I seem to remember there were a number of comments about the incorrect name at the time it was opened, but no notice was taken. Its the same as when people refer to "battleships" and often just seem to mean warships.
Does anybody have any photos of the Longboat pub when it used to have the floating bar on a boat (butty) then named Squirrel? Around about mid 70's to early 80's... I have one but it isn't very clear. Thanks x
In my days in the Troc in the fifties there was a framed press cutting on the wall about the barman who was sacked and came back later and shot the manager. Before becoming a pub it was said to have been a private fire station belonging to the Norwich Union. No public fire service in those days, your insurance company provided the fire service.
I know people will correct me and tell me that the pub is now called The Flapper but to me it will always be The Longboat, the pub where I spent many happy summers especially the long hot summer of 1976 sitting on the balcony in my youth with my girlfriend (now my wife).
oh thats is sad news....i also spent many happy hours in the longboat which as you say is now called the flapper...used to go in there after rollar skating at springhill rollar rink (also gone) late 60s early 70s..
I was never a regular drinker but I have had a quick half in several city pubs but have never been in this one. Strange to say I do not remember ever picking up there in my years as a taxi driver. A friend who lived just off Spring Hill tells me that it was a nice place for a pint after a days work, all his memories are from when it was The Longboat.