Good Times: Pubs celebrate the new year

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I caught up with Sue and Trevor Greenwood at The Commercial and Railway Inn at the end of Gooder Lane and they have said it has certainly been a busy end to 2015.

In the run up to Christmas the hostelry by Brighouse Railway Station was welcoming more and more of the drinkers from the real ale trail, which was obviously boosted with people enjoying pre-Christmas days out, and they had also had several different groups of football fans who had travelled by train to support their football team playing Brighouse Town.

The pub itself was decked out like Santa’s grotto after landlady Sue kept finding box after box of decorations, plus doing a Blue Peter and making some of her own.

On New Year’s Eve it had a gangster and molls themed fancy dress party and DJ Jiving Jeff was on the decks playing music from all genres and had people dancing until the wee small hours.

Tonight (Thursday) it has its weekly quiz night hosted by DJ Scouse starting from 9pm.

Then on Friday Psychic Yorkshire are at the pub hosting a night of tarot cards, mediums, palmistry, angel cards and psychometry.

On Saturday night it has live music from Kolton starting at 8pm. They are classed as an easy listening band singing the likes of UB40, The Eagles, Bob Marley and many more.

The pub is also supporting all the victims of the local flooding over Christmas. It is running a series of raffles drawn on a Sunday at 6.30pm with money going to the Calderdale Flood Appeal.

l I had a chat with Carol Lofthouse, manager at The George, and she informs me that they had a fabulous first Christmas and New Year at the pub and the customers have made her and son Nathan very welcome and it has been great to welcome back some of the previous regulars.

On with the New Year and they will shortly be installing a new coffee machine to then kick start the pub’s coffee mornings. The menus are currently being written and food will be served very soon.

This weekend they have Disco and Karaoke on Friday night with Derek, DJ Tom will be on the decks Saturday evening and on Sunday from 6pm there will be live entertainment with male vocalist Bob Sinclair.

“We have had some great feedback from the customers and we look forward to putting all our plans into place for 2016,” confirmed Carol.

l Tonight (Thursday) at The Barge is its weekly jam session, followed on Friday by Hard Shoulder. On Saturday, I’m Spartacus will take to the stage, followed on Sunday evening by Ford Valley Wranglers. Don’t forget you can always catch the weekend’s top sporting action at the pub.

l This Friday night at Jeremy’s from 9.30pm is a four piece band playing rock/rhythm and blues called Rock Steady. On Saturday The Feedback will be on stage again from 9.30pm and they are a mix of rock, pop, blues, soul and more.

The Sunday afternoon acoustic set comes from Richard Royle, starting at 4pm.

l I had a quick chat to Mandy Gorman, who purchased the Sun Inn, Rastrick, last year.

The pub is still closed with no definite opening date as of yet.

“We have really gutted the pub and we are still pulling it apart but I think once this has finished it will all come together quite quickly,” confirmed Mandy,

Good Times will keep you posted.