Good Times Column: Tributes paid to popular barman

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Here is this week’s Good Times column.

Nags Head

Popular former barman of 41-years at the Nags Head, Ainley Top, Alan Brooke passed away on Monday, aged 67.

Rastrick-based Alan, who was once taken for former TV star Benny Hill by some Japanese tourists, and couldn’t pull pints for having his picture taken with them, had been ill for sometime.

Bachelor Alan, who loved his work at the finest pub in Calderdale, he always maintained, left his post some four years ago. He could more than hold his own in conversation with being well travelled and versed in the day-to-day issues and was noted for pulling a great pint. After devoting himself to caring for his parents until their passing, he threw himself into his work. Regular Kath Wrightson said she and her husband David had become firm friends with Alan along with many more couples and when he left their Saturday evenings were never the same.

“He was a lovely man, never had a wrong word for anyone and was always cheerful and chatty.”

Should the funeral date be after next Thursday, Good Times will bring you full details.

Clough House and Sun Inn

Two of Rastrick’s popular hostelries down the years, the Clough House and the Sun Inn, are in the news again.

The Clough House, which has been closed for over nine months, has been secured with metal fencing ahead of its announcement as a restaurant under private owners who have purchased from the holding pub group, Enterprise. The Sun Inn, which has been superbly run by Natalie for around a year, is subject of an auction to be held in Leeds, although the current tenant would like to hold on to it.

The Barge

Tonight at The Barge they have the jam session with Analog. On Friday night The Cover Up will be on stage followed on Saturday evening by Invisible Sons. On Sunday night The Ignitors will be entertaining.

Jeremy’s at the Boathouse

This Friday night at Jeremy’s they have The Ushers, a Leeds function band playing a range of party hits from 60’s to modern day. On Saturday evening Silverstone will be on stage. The Wigan party band playwell known hits from the likes of The Jam.

On Sunday from 4pm Sam Hendricks will be performing an acoustic set.

The Millers Bar

At the Millers Bar this Friday night they have Rich Kershaw and the Night Shift. They are a brand new project from three highly regarded performers on the British Blues scene. The band feature a mixture of rocked up rhythm and blues, breathing new life and vibrancy into the genre.

On July 16, it is the second monthly Jazz night showcasing some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians and global acts travelling through the county.

The Old Mill

The Old Mill on Wakefield road has launched a new menu for July.

What says Great British Summer to you? A delicious picnic in the park? Fish & chips at the seaside? Or a BBQ on a summer’s day? Well their new menu has captured them all, plus many more. Dishes that are fresh, colourful and bursting with flavour featuring seasonal ingredients and heavenly dips and dressings. From light starters and mouth-watering mains to delicious puddings. There is also a vast selection of Summer drinks to quench your thirst, perfect for the pubs riverside sunny pub garden.

The Roundhill

Rick Starkey at The Roundhill, upper Rastrick, says the pub may be ticking over nicely but they are hoping to go into overdrive with the plans for the extension to the pub. “Watch this space, hopefully we will bring you news of a start date soon,” confirmed Rick.