Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

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brigham
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Re: Watney's Red Barrel!!

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Beautifully done, the artwork.

I have the Double Diamond version, and the artwork looks good...

Until the light comes on!
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Re: Watney's Red Barrel!!

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is it from the sixties?
I think nearer to 1970
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Re: Watney's Red Barrel!!

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My compliments paul👍
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Now the top glass is finished the wording is clear, and it is interesting in its own way. A 5/- token, but only to be used in that pub, so with Red Barrel being a little under 2/6 at the time you got two pints - not too bad a prize really for a 6d play, although of course, the 2 pints didn't cost the pub that much, so it could be considered a good deal for both parties. Interesting that you didn't get the 2 x 6d usually paid by the first barrel if you won a token. :lol:
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Finally found time to finish this machine, and it's as good a machine as I expected. I made two new glasses, sprayed the case with a special can spray I like to use that gives a good impression of a powder coat and serviced the mech. everything works at it should including the lights and the solenoid powered token payout. one new lock to fit and it's finished, you just have to love that particular set of reel strips. As good a late bandit as there is in my view.

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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

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Well that’s looking good ! Well done, enjoy it !THUMBS!
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thanks Hans :cool:
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great restoration Paul!
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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

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I love your machine. My memories of Watney's Red Barrel aren't good. :#:
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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

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Haha, My dad worked as a driver and drayman for Watney's... He originally worked for Steward and Patterson's in Norwich before they were taken over by Watney's.
During the summer holidays as a 7 year old... I used to sit in the middle of the lorry cab while my Dad did 20 pub deliveries around Norfolk and Lincolnshire. so it was from Norwich to Spalding... What I do remember is on these journeys, and many years after that, my dad and his mate would take the barrels down into the cellar and once finished the delivery they would get half of beer and a packet of fags each... Well my dad did not smoke so our cupboard under the stairs was full of cigarettes and when my dad needed a favour... it was his go to place to make it happen... but on the down side my dad drove his lorry and did 10 pints of beer every day... Can't believe that would happen today...
The reason for typing these memories are that last week I went into a bar in Manchester at the Oxford Road railway station and they still had an original Watney's barrel on the bar... Have not seen one like this for years...
All the best... Dicky
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