planned for past customers of Burnham's Ring O'Bells pub
customers of Burnham-On-Sea's former Ring O' Bells pub are set to
gather together for a big reunion this summer.
pub in Oxford Street, pictured here, was built by traditional methods
with no solid foundations - and it survived until it was inundated
with water during Burnham-On-Sea's
1981 winter storm and floods, when the sea wall was severely
building was subsequently declared unsafe and demolished with the
land becoming the bottom end of Lidls car park. A reunion
is now being organised for people who drank, or were connected with
the Ring O' Bells during its heyday and until its demise in 1981.
David Holmes told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "The event
will be a chance to meet up with friends who used to drink there
and relive happy memories."
had the idea for years and kept putting it off until I went to a
60th birthday party at the end of last year and was reminded me
that 'a certain person was going to organise a reunion'. That was
it... I said 'right, it will happen next year'!"
are hoping to get between 50 and 100 people there. There's already
a Facebook page with over twenty confirmed attendees. Landlords
of the time, Ian and Carol Robertson, will be coming along and made
reunion event will take place on Saturday 5th August at the BASC
ground building in Stoddens Road, Burnham-On-Sea and music on the
night will provide a trip down memory lane.
Ringers' became the centre of Burnhams music scene for many
years after the closure of the folk club at the Fox and Goose pub
on the A38 at Brent Knoll.
was also a successful Ring O' Bells football team, pictured below.
Lang, another local helping to promote the event, recounts how the
pub was below road level and that during periods of heavy rain,
water occasionally would come up out of the drains, flooding the
says: "My Dad, returning home after a family drink with Grandad,
made jokes about paddling out of the pub whilst carrying his shoes
was a family shelter in the corner of the beer garden, where we,
as children, used to sip our bottles of lemonade and search through
bags of crisps for the little blue twists of salt bags. If we were
lucky there were sometimes two or three."
for the reunion may be reserved through the Ringers Reunion
Facebook Page, priced at £10 each, and paid for via a Paypal
Account which has been set up just for this occasion. Any money
left over will go to local charity.
requested are memories and memorabilia from over the years. These
can be sent via Burnham-On-Sea.com here,
Facebook, or emailed to Mike Lang at email@example.com
Top, the former Burnham-On-Sea pub (pic Dave Brooks), reunion organiser
David Holmes (pic Mike Lang), and the football team - do you recognise
who these players are?