Saturday, September 09, 2006

Sad Sack

Sad Sack, originally uploaded by Neorelix.

Unlicensed yes, graffiti no. These ‘tags’ were burnt into the ceiling of one bar of The Eagle pub by members of the RAF and USAF stationed at the local airbases - of which there were many throughout East Anglia. The names are burnt into the ceiling using candles and lighters. Back in the days when smoking was good for you… There’s a little display on the wall showing an original picture of the Memphis Belle and crew above another of the Hollywood actors from the movie with the plane and the remaining crew – quite poignant. Anyway, the pub (which is not one of my favourites, truth be told) was gutted and refurbed quite well in the early 90s and is very popular with locals, students and tourists alike. The pub is also famous for being the venue in which Watson and Crick announced that they had discovered the secret of life – DNA.