back room at the Ship Albion was great for big nights and there was even
room for dancing to the Old Parrots. It even wasn't too bad for the thin
nights, like the time only ten people turned up for the excellent Brian Peters.
But the pub regulars were already starting to grumble and now again if there
was a darts match or something good on TV we would be unceremoniously moved
to the crappy front bar which was split into two halves with the performers
one end and the audience at the other, with the bar in between. Though this
might have seemed like the beginning of the end, it was to be several years
before the end finally arrived for the Ship. One important thing in its favour
was the landlord's preference for the after hours lock-in.