Dan tries the Cock Inn cider

We’ve pitched our tent up the back of a beer garden, the pub was—I thought until I just checked—the Cock Inn. It’s actually called the Castle Inn, and we picked it due to some punk connection that leap out when we were searching for places to stay.

“In 1979 it was subject to a siege by an armed 29 year old man who held several customers and the landlord hostage for over 12 hours. After letting off his shotgun in the bar, damage which can still be seen, he set fire to the interior of the building as a distraction before trying to make his escape across the car park.  Unfortunately, as he refused to drop his weapons he was shot & killed by a police marksman. Above the fireplace in the pub are 2 frames containing national press cutting of the incident & also a framed 45rpm disc recorded by the 70’s punk band “The Angelic Upstarts” who read of the tragedy & recorded a single about it.”

This would be that single:

I truth, I think we feel murderous. Especially after realsing that we’ve miscalculated the days this will take and lost one in the process.

14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands 2008, subsequently not placed. His new book about visiting every seaside pier in England and Wales — Pier Review — has been described as “On the Road meets On the Buses”, it's out now. Jon wrote and directed the first ever piece of drama to be performed on Twitter and founded the famous blog Birmingham: It's Not Shit.

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