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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 18th December, 2016)

Balcarres Arms

Balcarres Arms
Some vintage bikes at the Balcarres Arms in Haigh.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: Ken R on 18th December 2016 at 03:29

Great photo Mick, the pub looks great, would love to have a pint of Marston's bitter with my Sunday lunch.

Comment by: Gary Leece on 18th December 2016 at 09:20

Fine photo of bikes and bikers - and it's good to see a pub that's open. So many are now flats or mini markets.
The Balcarres is on an excellent corner site; last in there 2003. More regularly 1969-71.

Comment by: Garry on 18th December 2016 at 12:22

So many pubs demolished too.

Comment by: Kath H on 18th December 2016 at 13:27

We had our wedding reception there in 1968,after getting married at St David's.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 18th December 2016 at 15:53

I blame the teetotallers for that, Garry.

Comment by: Owdkewyed on 18th December 2016 at 18:34

Nice pic Mick, but no vintage bikes in that lot all modern, and at a guess that bike with the 'Battenburg' markings could be a 'Blood Bike' and some sort of club ride out. Maybe some one can enlighten us.
The 'Bloodbikers ' deliver much needed urgent blood to hospitals in all weathers and they are volunteers as well, well done lads!.

Comment by: Vb on 18th December 2016 at 18:55

It still seems 'oldie worldy' along the bend of the road and the pub is as usual a lovely stone building.

Comment by: Garry on 18th December 2016 at 20:22

How right you are Rev Long, and the price of a pint.

Comment by: Sam h on 18th December 2016 at 21:59

Rev David ,I've never smoked mysel but I strongly believe the smoking ban strongly added to the demise of the public houses,it's the same in souther n Ireland when I visit my sister,the same thing has happened there.

Comment by: Mick on 18th December 2016 at 23:12

Yes Owdkewyed it was a blood delivery bike and the blood biker rider stopped the traffic down at the finger post roundabout so they all could stick together in one pack.
I was only only push bike so I couldnt keep up with them after that

Comment by: GrandmaS on 20th December 2016 at 22:55

The Blood Bikers deliver Blood, Baby Milk(from the milk banks) samples and medication required urgently. They are all volunteers and I am proud to have a son who is one.

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