Eddie’s Christmas Speech


“Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Benjamin Franklin

This past year has been an interesting one for The Squirrel Lickers and I. We have welcomed many new drinkers, especially on tribute nites, and have been witness to a wonderful array of evenings full of fellowship and friendship.

Sadly this year also brought with it some trials both literally (I don’t care that he’s my brother-in-law he was bang out of order and the judge agreed) and emotionally when The Squirrel Lickers become the first pub ever to get a negative score on a hygiene inspection. That was an especial disappointment as I had taken great care to both greet the inspectors and to bribe them handsomely. Even providing thick slices of the famous Harold Pie lovingly created from an ancient recipe and featuring no less than fourteen types of plants and wildlife that today hover on the brink of extinction due to mass over-consumption plus several others now regrettably reclassified as toxic.

In March of this year The Evening Harold went online and thanks to the dedication and effort of The Evening Harold Team I have served customers from across the Commonwealth and around the world. And I have rejoiced personally to see so many young people in the bar with their enthusiasm and endless selfie taking sharing in my belief that the law on serving alcohol to under eighteens is more a guideline than something that is set in stone.

Christmas is a time for coming together but for others service comes first. I include myself in this as The Squirrel Lickers will be open for the rest of the day. So join me in the spirit of friendship for a glass of mulled…wetness and a very special flavour of crisps.

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

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