Two of the town’s best-known party throwers are celebrating 10 years behind the bar at the Cavalry Arms in Birchencliffe on Saturday night.
Bob Steer, 60, and his wife ‘Barb’ say they were so “infamous” in the area for their parties and partying that the story goes, Bob says: “people said: ‘give them three months and they’ll drink the place dry’.
“We didn’t, but we gave it a good go!”
Bob, who is known as ‘Brummie’ Bob, said: “Barb, who is from Fartown originally, and I met in Manchester. Her brother worked with me and I would often see them go for lunch.
“So when I found out that ‘Barb’ was a sister and not a girlfriend, the charm went on. It turned out we both lived in Huddersfield, so we soon began meeting at the Nags Head, Ainley Top, after work and we’ve never looked back.
“Well, let’s be honest, when you work as close as we do each and every day, it’s never sunshine all the way. But we’re an awesome couple together.
“That’s why we’re still here and hope for another 10 years.
“We have met a lot of people over the years. I’ve pulled a pint with Philip Hammond, MP, Secretary of State for Defence and we’re proud of our attachment with the 15th/19th Kings Royal Hussars.”
But it’s Bob’s love of football and Birmingham City that he is best-known for at the pub situated on Halifax Road, Birchencliffe.
“He says: “It’s well known that I and all at The Cav have a love of football – we show it all the time and we’ve made some good friends at Town – former manager Lee Clark, Steve Watson were regulars.
“We had many a good night together and still do, as Lee and Steve now managed my club, Birmingham F.C. So we still enjoy each other’s company.
“In fact, I remember meeting Scott Arfield’s family when he first came to Huddersfield.
“Barb and I said we would watch out for him in his early days.
“We’ve become good friends with his family.
“Scott has now moved on, playing for Burnley, but still lives locally and we’re pleased that the family still visit us on Burnley’s home games.
“But may I thank, especially, all those landlords, past and present, who still rally together for the good of our heritage – the local pub.
“Those like my hero, Frank Collins of the Dog and Partridge, Sowood – still pulling pints at 84-years of age! An example to us all.”
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