Plaque will mark Art's seat in his local pub
A 90-YEAR-OLD who has been drinking in the same pub for the last 72 years has been given a special plaque to mark the spot where he sits to enjoy his daily tipple.
Arthur Reid, who grew up in Warmley and has never travelled further than Weston-super-Mare, was treated to a surprise birthday bash at The Griffin pub in London Road by his family.
His sister Margaret Lee-Sze-Tsiok, 65, had a gold plaque engraved to go on the back of the chair he always sits in. Mr Reid also has his own corner of the pub and even has his own pint glass.
He is well-known by the pub's customers and other locals because he visits his favourite watering hole every day, and always walks up the main road in Warmley to get there.
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Staff at the pub always serve him his chosen tipple – a pint of Courage bitter – and he chats to the other regular punters.
Mr Reid, who is known affectionately by family as Uncle Art, was born near Warmley – in a cottage at Webbs Heath – where he lived with his parents and five siblings.
He went to school in Siston and sung as a choir boy at St Anne's Church.
At 14 years old he left school to work on a nearby farm as a labourer. Mr Reid remembers those days well.
"I used to get up very early every morning and was paid seven and sixpence for working an 80 to 100 hour week – there was no such thing as holidays back then," he said.
Mr Reid was not called up during the Second World War as he had an illness that prevented him being able to serve.
After 20 years on the farm he left to work at Trubody's Quarry, still in Warmley, and then got a job in the highways department at Gloucestershire Council, as it was then.
On cold days Mr Reid remembers spreading grit and salt by shovel, and he also used to drive a roller to put down tarmac.
Mr Reid, who never married or had children, enjoyed keeping animals including chickens and parakeets. His favourite pastimes were skittles and darts, and of course visiting his beloved pub.
He never strayed far from Warmley – after moving from the cottage in Webbs Heath he went on to live in Goldney Avenue and then moved to St Barnabas House sheltered housing in Church Avenue.
Mr Reid told the Post: "I've always worked hard and enjoyed visiting the pub – I've never seen the need to go much farther! I've been coming here a long time and hope that I can carry on for some more years to come."