12:32pm Tuesday 10th September 2013
A HALESOWEN pub is celebrating its 75th anniversary this weekend with a 1930s theme night.
The Fairfield, Hurst Green, opened in 1938 but tragedy soon struck when landlord Colonel Albert Prickett died two weeks after serving his first pint.
However, the pub went on to be a hub of the Hurst Green community and still is proving popular to this day.
Present landlady Tracey O’Neill, who is in her second spell in charge, has organised a 1930s theme night on Friday.
She said: “We are dressing up the pub to look like when it opened and anyone who turns up in 1930s and 1940s clothes will get their first pint for a penny.
“We are also laying on an old fashioned buffet and there will be games and live entertainment with comedians and The Butcher Band who played old time songs.”
She added: “It will be a good old fashioned knees up with a sing-a-long as well.
“We are a real family pub with a great staff and regulars, Martin, one of our staff is the nephew of Penny and Dave Morley who were the licensees from 1976 to 2002, he is part of the place.”
The Fairfield has several regulars who remember the pub in the early days who will be guests of honour on Friday.
However, one regular who will not be there to mark the anniversary is Graham Barker who died on September 1.
Mrs O’Neill said: “We were all gutted when Graham died so close to the anniversary as he was a real character in the pub, an old fashioned gent who used to be called Grumpy Graham and The Captain.”
The Fairfield was renowned in the 1960s as a music venue which attracted bands and music fans across the Midlands.
Sports teams have always been an important part of the pub throughout the years with successful crib, dominos, darts and pool teams playing at the pub.
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