What were we doing 30 years ago when the last refurb took place? And how many people have drunk in there over that time? Questions like this have spawned a rash of wonderfully nostalgic photos on Facebook of great characters we knew in there, most spectacular of them all of course being Noel Reilly, landlord before Andy Mercer who was keen to bring culture into the Beehive experience.
Anyway I thought I'd take a few photos of how it was when taking down the Swindon Open Studios exhibition in the top bar, I'm tempted to add a few photos appearing on Facebook, and may do that another evening.
Here are the photos of the Beehive as it was:
Ken White's lino cut on the right and two of Tim Carroll's prints
Carole Humphreys and Margaret Sadler
Jane Milner-Barry's scenes of Swindon
But I did photograph a few of Fred Blunt's fab portraits:
More on the Beehive on the 29th of August, and in the meantime, lots of speculation and nostalgia.