Vernon Arms en Vernon Arms <img src=" Skiffle 1956.jpg" /><br/><p class="MsoNormal">The Vernon Arms, Spondon.</p><p>April 2017 John Dunnicliff writes: My parents, Charles and Hannah Dunnicliff, kept the Vernon Arms from 1948 - 1970.</p><p class="MsoNormal">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.&nbsp; 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.</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;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.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The members of Spondon Skiffle group in the photograph were (from the left)</p><p class="MsoNormal">Roger Millington - now at Caister-on-Sea</p><p class="MsoNormal">Tony Young - Sydney , Australia</p><p class="MsoNormal">Neil Arbon - Beeches Avenue</p><p class="MsoNormal">Roger Shaw - Spondon Village</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">John Dunnicliff - San Diego , USA</p> Vernon Arms Dunnicliff 1950-1959 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:41:36 +0000 admin 1372 at Vernon Arms outing to Repton, late 20s/early 30s <img src="" /><br/><p>Regulars from the Vernon Arms are pictured on a day out in Repton around the late 20s / early 30s.&nbsp;</p> Pubs Vernon Arms Buildings 1920-1929 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 19:39:25 +0000 admin 288 at