Vernon Arms

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Photograph dated: 1956
Taken by: JD

The Vernon Arms, Spondon.

April 2017 John Dunnicliff writes: My parents, Charles and Hannah Dunnicliff, kept the Vernon Arms from 1948 - 1970.

The Vernon was known as the 'top-house' due to its location at the top end of the village or, as my father half-jokingly claimed, due to the standing of the clientele. But there were no rough elements in any of the Spondon pubs; unlike some in Derby . There were the regulars who lived in the area and in the summer months the bar was crowded with cricketers from the Locko Road field.  There was a garden with tables for customers with children and a large dance hall - busy with weddings, old-time dancing, whist drives etc. and our Spondon Skiffle group rehearsals.

 The Skiffle craze came to Spondon in 1956 thanks to Lonnie Donegan and several groups sprang up, playing in the pubs and cinemas during intermissions.

The members of Spondon Skiffle group in the photograph were (from the left)

Roger Millington - now at Caister-on-Sea

Tony Young - Sydney , Australia

Neil Arbon - Beeches Avenue

Roger Shaw - Spondon Village

 

John Dunnicliff - San Diego , USA