A Bombed Out Book Tour of Liverpool City Centre: Finding The Central Hotel Glass Attack Mark.
Above Photo: The Central Pub, Liverpool (Flikr)
A friend and reader of Bombed Out!, my Punk and New Wave Memoir, recently asked to be taken on a tour of book locations in Liverpool city centre. This was another stop on the tour.
The Central Commercial Hotel (or ‘the Central’) is located in a magnificent, old building on Ranelagh Street in Liverpool’s city centre. Inside are some incredible mirrors and glasswork and ornately carved, dark wood features.
Back in the early 1980s, before it became a Karaoke Mecca, the Central was a pub my girlfriend, Liz and I, together with friends, used to hang out in.
It gets a special mention in Bombed Out! as we were in there one night when some drugged up or pissed-up teenagers came in, which I mention in the book as follows:
“Liz and I moved on through the still-dark, deserted and cobbled streets of the Mathew Street warehouse district, and ended up in a pub called the Central Commercial Hotel, which had increasingly become our local in town. It was a large Victorian pub, full of ornately-carved, highly polished wood and large decorated windows and mirrors.
A group of five drugged-up and drunk teenagers were sitting near us that night, and when they stood up to leave, shouting loudly, they all threw their glasses at the old windows opposite our seats, and ran out of the pub.
Miraculously, none of the windows broke, but we were showered with shards of broken pint glasses, and I noticed one glass had been thrown so hard its base had cut a deep crescent-shaped groove into one of the pillars, which can still be seen on it.”
I recently went into the Central with my friend, determined to find the crescent shaped glass mark in the wood.
Attracting some odd stares, and after a long time looking (I hadn’t even been in the pub for 20 years and the incident happened about 34 years ago), I was pleased to find the mark the thrown glass had made, still there, scored deep into the wood, from that fateful night in the early 1980s (See below photo).
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