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Friday, July 31, 2009

Here was thirst-quenching achieved ...

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A fine shot of the Air Balloon in 1990 by Eric van Dorland. The transformation of a modest but cosy public house into today's rather extensive premises seems, perhaps, not yet to have begun, though the modern extension is, in any case, behind what one can see here. The bay window held (and still holds) a bench around its perimeter and this part of the bar made a very good snug into which a horde of diggers could be crammed. One had to emerge from the establishment to walk round to the outside lavatories the door to which can be seen on the far right of the photo. The blackboard behind the "Lyons brewed here" sign reads "Full menu and Specials available all day".

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