Have Your Say: Demand for profits to blame
DUE to your recent exposure in the Post of problems caused by excessive drinking in the Wind Street area of the city, and remarks made by a senior police officer laying the blame of 24 hour pub opening at the feet of the 2005 Labour Government under Tony Blair, plus the plaintive bleating of our city fathers about the situation as a whole, may I add my two pennyworth?
Sixty years ago I left school and found my first employment in a small family run firm in the said street, namely Fulton Dunlop Wine And Beer Merchants.
At this time Wind Street was considered to be the roughest area around — the haunt of sea men and dockers.
Having worked for this company I was quite familiar with all the pubs and clubs in the locality. Saturday night was very much like any other night in Swansea with the pubs shutting at 10pm.
At Christmas time the same hours prevailed with, generally speaking, a good atmosphere in most places. As with all premises selling alcohol there was a bit of shoving and pushing now and again, the trouble being sorted out by the pub landlords. One in particular, Ike James, the well respected keeper of the Vaults bar, is said to never have called a policeman in 35 years.
I have penned this account because it is such a tragedy to see our young people of the town being led downhill by a greedy government and the rush for bigger profits.
I am not a teetotaller and I have drank my share at times and never been afraid to go in any pub in the street. But not now violence is the norm I'm afraid.
T D Thomas