last supper club
THERE is still plenty of life in the Last Supper Club, but a new crop of old-timers is being sought to bring in a new dawn for the group.
The macabre club was formed by regulars at The Old Crown in Station Road, Hayes, in 2007 so they could stay in touch following the smoking ban in pubs.
Members have worked out the odds on which of them will ‘kick the bucket’ next.
The mortality ratings are based on factors such as age, health condition and the disposition towards alcohol and cigarettes.
The dozen-or-so core members – whose activities have included stripping for a nude calendar – are still alive and kicking, but meet less frequently. They hope the arrival of a new landlord could enliven the club’s spirit.
Three years ago, club spokesman Mick Hearn was 18/1 to go first. But he survives and his odds are in need of revision.
“It is all very tongue-in-cheek and, although it will never die, we have lost touch because of this no smoking lark,” said Mr Hearn, now in his late 70s.
“The price of a pint has gone up too, and some of the guys haven’t got enough money to come out.
“There is a new landlord here now, but I’m not sure if he quite gets our sense of humour. If he could run price promotions to get pensioners coming in, we could get new people to join.
“Our long-serving chairman, Tommy Blair, is currently in hospital, so we’d like to wish him all the best.”
Landlord Arjit Bhattacharjee: “The people who come here are very good and there is always a great atmosphere.”