The Story of Johnny Ingles Pub the ‘Rose & Crown’
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The Story of Johnny Ingles Pub the ‘Rose & Crown’

My storey starts in Jarrow, a place of some renown
About a pub we always used, once named the ‘Rose & Crown’
Just across the road from Lennigs, with Palmers near at hand
A little bit of heaven and we called it ‘Ingleland’

A pub we loved and cherished a place to take your ease
Famous for its beer, darts and fives and threes
Never any trouble, Mitzi saw to that
At one word from Johnny she’d shake you like a rat

But the Master Planners up at our Town Hall
Said “We want to change old Jarrow, some of it must fall
“What will we demolish? “What will we pull down?
Then up jumped Peter Hepburn and said “The Rose & Crown”

Word of their decision reached our home from home
Fists were raised in anger, mouths began to foam
Would we take this lying down, our impending doom
“Never” cried the bar lads and “Never” cried the room

Then up jumped Eddy Connor, a good lad to all
And up jumped Tommy Harding, Joe Phinn and Ronnie Hall
Now’s the time for action, time to take a stand
We will fight for Johnny, we will fight for ‘Ingleland’

Little Mick McLaughlin (one eye on his beer)
Said “With noble lads like these, we’ve got nowt to fear
This is my decision, Johnny there’s me hand
I will fight with Connor, long live ‘Ingleland’

The news was taken back up to Jarrow Town Hall
Written out in copperplate by little Jackie Paul
“Do your worst Don Dixon, we are within our right
Bring down your Council workers; and we’ll give them a fight

Dixon’s face was ashen as the scroll was read
“I’ll make that Johnny Ingles wish that he was dead
Summon all our workers, to raise their tools on high
Tell them ‘Double Bonus’ that will be their battle cry

From the outer limits the Council Workers strode
From Monkton, Hedworth, and the Scotch Estate
All come down Bede Burn Road,
Onward ever Onward with Trowel ,Saw ,and Pick
Everyone of them a victim of Dixon’s bonus trick

When at last they mustered at the Town Hall Door
Shouting “Bonus, Bonus, what we want is War”
Tell us this foul villain that’s disgraced our famous Town
Dixon said “It’s Johnny down at the ‘Rose & Crown’

Meanwhile down at ‘Ingles’ everything as calm
Drink up your McEwan’s there’s no cause for alarm
We all will fight together, every Mother’s Son
“Seems” said Billy Jarva “We’re outnumbered ten to one”

Get some reinforcements, send for men east and west
The Viking, Queens, and Cottage, nothing but the best
We want hardened drinkers from every single bar
’Cameron’s’ ,Vaux’ ,‘Bass Carrington’, ‘Lorimar’s’ & ‘Blue Star’

So the armies gathered led by rousing cheers
‘Dixon’s Mercenaries’ versus ‘Johnny’s Volunteers
But others minds were working how to halt this strife
How to halt this holocaust without the loss of life

Then down came Harry Duggan on his face he wore a frown
I will speak to ‘Johnny Ingles’down at the ‘Rose & Crown’
Now here is my proposal for to stop this bloody war
I’ll ask that he take a transfer to the ‘Lion’ Pub next door

Now take down all your barricades, and let the daylight in
And we’ll also increase your licence for Whiskey, Rum and Gin
Think of all these Jarrow lads at each others throats
Stobbart said “He’s more concerned at losing labour votes”

Johnny thought it over; and said “I think we’ve bloody won”
Lads “I’d like to thank you all, each and everyone”
Turing round to Nancy, a tear fell from his eye
Give every man a pint of ale and every man a pie

So if you’re in the ‘Lion’ be sure to guard your tongue
Don’t ever mention Dixon’s name, for less men have been hung
Just drink up your McEwen’s and listen to the tales of yore
From the old men standing at the bar, about how ‘Johnny’ won the war

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In the 1940/50 the Roe and Crown was my local. All those names mentioned (Freddie Stobbard, Tommy Harding etc) were all mates
of mine, "Nipper Hall, his brothers Ronnie And Joe and a lot more I could mention. Johnny Ingles was quite a character. Good memories.

Freddie.
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(14 Jun 14, 10:41 AM)Letmein5 Wrote:  In the 1940/50 the Roe and Crown was my local. All those names mentioned (Freddie Stobbard, Tommy Harding etc) were all mates
of mine, "Nipper Hall, his brothers Ronnie And Joe and a lot more I could mention. Johnny Ingles was quite a character. Good memories.

Freddie.

I knew the man that wrote that poem, also Tommy Harding sadly they have all gone now.
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(14 Jun 14, 10:41 AM)Letmein5 Wrote:  In the 1940/50 the Roe and Crown was my local. All those names mentioned (Freddie Stobbard, Tommy Harding etc) were all mates
of mine, "Nipper Hall, his brothers Ronnie And Joe and a lot more I could mention. Johnny Ingles was quite a character. Good memories.

Freddie.

Although not drinking in the "Rosie" I was serving my time at Jarrow Palmers and I knew of Johnny Ingles because of the men in the shipyard who couldn't pass there without calling in for a pint during their dinner break.
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Getting a little mixed up with new site, I used to drink in Johnny's with all the lads mentioned in the poem, had many a good time there, sometimes we used to finish up at the Wine Bar along the way from Johnny's and have a sing song with Les at the piano.
Great times.
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