So, farewell then to the Old Ship, one of E8's best pubs.
A few weeks back I received an e mail out of the blue from someone called Hasnai Bhagani of Gosh PR. I'm guessing that if you have read this blog before, you will know already the effect on my temper the words "Gosh PR" would stimulate, but the image is clearly fixed in my mind of lots of clever 30 somethings in dark-rimmed glasses drinking Perrier water somewhere in EC2. As Bill Hicks said of people in marketing, there is really just one possible message to such individuals - go kill yourselves.
Sadly, however, they don't.
What is being killed today is a great Hackney boozer, where I spent many a good evening in the mid-90s, and even as recently as the 2004 European Championships. The night when England blew it against France will be etched in my mind for ever!
Legend has it if you stumbled into the Old Ship in the early 70s Angry Brigade members were observed plotting in dark corners whilst police officers furtively hid behind copies of The Sun, hanging on their every word.
From the publicity I received, an event of true horror is being unveiled on Mare Street this evening:
The Old Ship would like to invite you to celebrate its transformation into an ‘Urban Inn’. Sample some of our new, best of British menu and check out the contemporary and comfortable rooms at our launch event. Join us for canapés and drinks, and to find out how we can work together in the future.
I have no idea what an Urban Inn is, but I get the impression the atmosphere will in fact be distinctly shallow, suburban and middle class.
As the saying goes - count me out!