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"Have a drink on me!"

"Have a drink on me!"

On white horses a dirty man rode, barrel upon barrel of his liquid gold
Day's were long, winter's were cold, there was a meal waiting for him when he got homeย 
On cobbled stones, you heard the hooves, they would clip clop to merry old fool'sย 
Tirelessly the worker would be, but kids around the street heard his whistled tunes

Delivery from a dray and horseย 
Vintage history, nostalgic of courseย 
Take a moment and really pause
A shame, vaux closed their doorsย 

I saw a man with a flat cap on with a grey moustache, I thought, he's from the olden days
We didn't speak to anyone, and the smell was awful, but still, we saw how beer was madeย 
Upon leaving this concrete cave, a man shouted over the thick yeast air " kids, have a drink on me!"
One of my school friends laughed, and said, "he's alive! 5 minutes ago he was asleep in a drunken dream!"ย 

Pub to pub they would travel, they would hear all the "hello misters"ย 
One thing kids couldn't fathom, how did the poor horses never get blistersย 
The image of these stuck with me, I always saw this, as a working class kind
For it must of been a sad day when the steel gates closed
The man shouting "kids, have a drink on me!" is now a ghostย 

Delivery from a dray and horseย 
Vintage history, nostalgic of courseย 
Take a moment and really pause
A shame, vaux closed their doorsย 
Now, it's just a museum thought
What a shame vaux closed their doors...

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Tony Taylor

Like Tina, I love this too!!.....the whole vivid imagery of memories and smells of days gone by are brought back to life within these lovely phrases you've created here ~

ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  ~ "Pub to pub they would travel, they would hear all the "Hello mister's"
ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  One thing kids couldn't fathom, how did the poor horses never get blisters.."

My memories are shorter than what Vaux laid into the memory banks...but.....I HAVE been through the "Anheuser Busch" factories several times.....and meeting the Clydesdales was a blast!!.......VERY cool stuff!!.......tons-O-stars!!.......T xo ๐Ÿ‘Œโœดโคโœด๐Ÿ‘

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Wayne Stubbs

Well hello there brother! I see you had a wonderful wedding, first of congratulations my friend! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š thanks very much for reading and mentioning them lines, I particularly liked them to, great to hear from you Tony โ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’“ always, poet friend ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

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John Astley

A lovely poem of a near forgotten time , well done my friend.ย 

Johnย 

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Wayne Stubbs

Thank you john, you are rightย  ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

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Keith Stubbs

Vaux wayne what a brilliant bit of reminiscing. I miss the smell of the hops.
the gates closing the horn signalling end of shift.
ha ha norseman lager now there's a drink I miss even though it was piss.
I've got a Vaux bottle opener as well
loved it wayneย 

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Wayne Stubbs

Haha cheers unc! I thought you might of liked that one haha, it's part of our cities history eh ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

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