A LITTLE GHOST STORY FOR 2020…?
Now some many years ago ,one Saturday night I was sitting in a pub in Bangor with a friend having a drink. My friend ,sadly, has passed away but I can never forget his great conversations and observations.
The pub," The Garth " by Bangor Pier was heaving with people who were drinking to normal excess .The noise on a Saturday night in that pub was so loud that conversations were virtually impossible.
The culprit responsible for the "din" was a piano player , a lady of great age who was playing tunes ,also of a great age, on an out of tune piano,also of immense age.
Nearly everyone was singing to these amazing old fashioned tunes
which included classics such as "knees up mother Brown"..." My old man says follow the band " ..and so on. The old lady pianist did not stop for an interval for anyone to catch their breath and relentlessly punched the piano keys.
My friend who was trying desperately to talk above the noise shouted in my ear an eerie observation....." you won't hear anything like this soon....this is the end of an era....they won't have pianos in pubs soon....no one will know how to play these tunes like this..."
And the old lady pianist of immense age carried on playing till closing time which in those days was 11'oclock.
Now 30 years have passed since the time in that pub and true to my friend's observation the pub's piano has gone ,the lady of immense age has certainly gone and most of the old people who were singing happily that night have probably passed away. Certainly the passing of an era.
Yet I too have noticed another era which is fading into a memorable mist of Time.......
THE ERA OF THE REAL ANTIQUE SHOP
Over the past 30 years real antique shops have been closing at an alarming rate. There are many Antique Shop imposters which have posed as “real and genuine” while displaying reproduction
items. Such shops may be found in most towns.
Consider then Antique Centres...? Commendable places to visit ,but still not like the real antique shops . There are now in the U.K. but a handful of “real antique shops” and soon like the piano in the pub in Bangor they too will all have disappeared.
So,like the corner shops which have disappeared due to poor support and competition from the supermarkets,the days of “the Real Antique “shops are also under threat .
Soon customers will have no desire to touch the antique goods when the same goods can be bought online.Everthing can be bought in Cyberspace and the poor antique shop will be truly a thing of the past.
Here at Perry Higgins we have acomplished a small oasis of genuine treasures which we are proud to display.. affordable we hope to our loyal customers. Like the piano in Bangor ,these items will not always be available..and like the lady pianist of immense age Perry Higgins will not always
be there at the front door opening the gateway to the little oasis .
CONSIDER THEN , THE REAL ANTIQUE SHOPS and the piano in The Garth in Bangor
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL AT PERRY HIGGINS