Saturday, 24 August 2013
The Unity Remembered
I first went into the 'Unity' in August 1967, in fact it was the first pub in Hyde that I went in. I had just joined the Cheshire Constabulary and after basic training I was stationed in Hyde my first lodgings being in Chapel Street. Jenny and Charlie made me very welcome and I found it a very comfortable and friendly place. I am from Cumbria so whenever friends and family came to visit the 'Unity' was the place to go, many a good session was had there. My first house on getting married was in Dukinfield but the 'Unity' was still the local. I then moved to Gee Cross into the Police Houses that were on Spring Avenue and maintained the 'Unity' as the local pub. I well remember Charlie playing the 'Dambusters' on the electronic organ and the waiter service that they had there. When I re-married in 1975 my wife, also named Jenny and myself worked behind the bar in the 'Unity', in fact we had our wedding reception in there. We have very fond memories of the people who worked and were customers of the 'Unity'. The last time we saw Win and Ken Smith was in the 'Buxton' in Gee Cross when they sadly informed us that Jenny had passed away. We now live back in Workington, Cumbria and the last few times that I have been in the 'Unity' it certainly wasn't the pub that it used to be but sadly that applies to most licensed premises these days.