Reminiscing in Newark on Trent

This weekend I’ve travelled up to Newark to spent time with very dear friends who are going through a very sad time; in the past few months three major things have hit them which is so unfair because they are two of the loveliest people I know. 




This morning I popped out to do some shopping for them in town and walked past our old house Riverside where we lived for ten years 1997-2007 before selling it to move to India. Although it looked a bit dishevelled I remembered (as I stood outside reflecting) some fantastic times there.


(Newark Castle. King John died in the room with the two small windows)


The house was once part of the Corn Exchange next door (which is now a night club) and so is a listed building; Newark Castle (where King John died) is literally outside the house and so its all a very historic area of this Midlands market town. Within the Castle grounds is what used to be the Gilstrap Museum and now the Registry Office where my Grandson Jay married his fiancé Natalie back in July.


(The Old Kings Arms, Newark)


As I walked through town I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the Old Kings Arms, a pub where I used to play with my band every month and on Boxing Day nights for about seven years. They were often raucous nights packed with people listening to our blazing sets of Rock and Roll and Irish Rebel Songs. Heady days, great memories.



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