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« Reply #30 on: Apr 26th, 2015, 9:32pm »
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on Apr 17th, 2015, 2:52pm, ktype wrote:
... A bad move by Courage because the former assistant manager and two partners were in the process of re-opening the former cinema/bingo hall directly opposite as The Shannon Centre, which promptly siphoned off much of the Irish trade!

And guess which is the next building in Seven Kings facing demolition and redevelopment ...?
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« Reply #31 on: Apr 27th, 2015, 1:02pm »
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I'm not a frequenter of night clubs  so I can't speak from first hand experience but I've heard nothing good about the place for several years so it probably won't be too badly missed - except by the chavs who'll have to find somewhere else to fight on a Friday night  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #32 on: Apr 27th, 2015, 7:49pm »
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The Shannon Centre has changed beyond all recognition in recent years. As far as I know, when the three directors retired, the place was sold to chain of clubs and, as far as I can see, any pretence of being Irish disappeared long ago.
 
It is now divided into (at least) two separate businesses now but as I haven't been inside it now for more years than I care to remember - certainly the best part of 30 -  don't know any more than that.  
 
Another Irish pub opened up further along the High Road at about the time the Shannon was sold - I'm told it was opened by the previous bar manager at the Shannon - and has become extremely popular.
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« Reply #33 on: Apr 28th, 2015, 7:56pm »
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o'gradys......when ive been up to Ilford, I always pop in their,.....great pub, its more than just a pub now. Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: May 4th, 2015, 10:04am »
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im heading up to Ilford today so ill take some up to date photos of what it looks like now
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« Reply #35 on: Aug 21st, 2015, 12:51am »
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I worked in the Joker when I first arrived in London as a young 18 year old student in July 1970. I liked it so much I stayed until 1973. At that time there was the public bar (where I generally served), saloon bar and lounge. The governor then was a man called Jack...can't remember his second name who was never in the bar and his very elegant wife who really managed the place. Then Jim Reagan took over. It was always very busy at weekends. I made so many friends there and I am sure I probably served some of the subscribers here. Got some dates also. I have not been there since I left in 1973. What a shame it is gone.
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« Reply #36 on: Aug 27th, 2015, 10:55pm »
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on Aug 21st, 2015, 12:51am, piper1x wrote:
... I liked it so much I stayed until 1973 ... I made so many friends there and I am sure I probably served some of the subscribers here ...

I first drank in the Joker in December 1973, so we probably just missed each other ...
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« Reply #37 on: Sep 3rd, 2015, 9:16pm »
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I was up in seven kings last weekend and they have put white barriers up.... not much progress yet....
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« Reply #38 on: Sep 6th, 2015, 7:18pm »
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The white barriers have been there for over four months, replacing the original temporary barriers.
 
As for progress, you can't see through them so you've no idea of what is (or isn't) going on. If the barriers stay as they are, nobody is going to see anything until the new building reaches first floor level ...
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« Reply #39 on: Oct 9th, 2015, 3:53pm »
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unless you borrow a chair from the chip shop just next door and peek over..............   Grin
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« Reply #40 on: Oct 9th, 2015, 7:57pm »
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Just be careful how you plaice the chair yanno. Grin
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« Reply #41 on: Jan 22nd, 2016, 3:42pm »
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Think they having a little issue with planning as it was a hotel and flats they wanted to build after they found the cannabis den in the cellar of the Joker. Also the local brothel next door has complained about loss of trade. The Shannon centre had a murder which is never good for business but you will be glad to hear the Cauliflour has been re-opened as music venue.
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« Reply #42 on: Jan 25th, 2016, 9:32am »
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brothel...... whereabouts ?  Raise eyebrow ROFL
 
....at least its good news about the cauliflower.  Thumbs up
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« Reply #43 on: Feb 12th, 2017, 8:59pm »
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Well, those barriers are still there 18 months on but there are now signs of progress.
 
I couldn't work out what was taking so long after demolishing the pub to get back up to ground level but I think I now know the answer - it isn't just the pub site which is being developed but the whole area behind the shops which presumably took a lot of work building the extended foundations.
 
The building frame has now shot up - I don't know exactly when it first put in an appearance over the barriers - but it looks to be about three storeys high at present. However, I was just driving past and didn't have time to take in more than a brief glance of it.
 
I got the impression that the front elevation has been swung round slightly in a clockwise direction but this could be an illusion created by the barriers not necessarily being parallel to the old frontage and also that the new one is curved, not straight.
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« Reply #44 on: Mar 5th, 2017, 6:05pm »
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Noticed the other day that the old Shannon site is surrounded by scaffolding and looks as if it is being demolished.
 
More flats, possibly? After all, it is right opposite the new Crossrail station - or the Elizabeth line as it will now be known - so very convenient for some the new commuters who are expected to flood into the area (as will be the new much extended Joker development).  
 
Bearing in mind that it was originally a cinema, the Shannon site site goes back a long way from the road ...
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