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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Prohibition booze-runner was a Barrow landlord

PUBS always attract characters but few can match the pedigree of some of the landlords at the old Bay Horse on Dalton Road, in Barrow.

The landlord at the time was Joseph Harold Pritchard.

Beer was served at the Bay Horse from 1862 to 1952 and in the years from 1874 to 1904 it was owned by the Dalton Brewery.

It was bought from the brewery for £2,320 in 1904 by John Wallace

Neil Pritchard loaned the picture and can identify his grandfather on the second row up, far left.

He had heard that the landlord went off to Australia – possibly with one of the barmaids – but that might be just taproom gossip.

Mr Pritchard writes: “My grandfather took over the pub some years after the war and was there until its closure.

“His name was Sydney Pritchard (no relation to the earlier landlord).

“Grandad was well known in the town and apparently had a colourful history which included running away to war at the age of 15 where he fought at the Somme, to running booze across the border from Canada to the USA during the Prohibition and many dubious escapades in between.

“I would love to be able to put names to all the other characters in the photograph and I’ve put a copy of it in my shop window (Home Images on Duke Street, Barrow) in the hope that someone might recognise a relative.”

If you can put names to any of the Outing Club members, get in touch with Bill Myers at the Memories Page.

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