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Working behind a bar, I discovered the value of community—and a link to my own family’s past

Working in the same pub my dad had stayed at years before, I found a greater appreciation of the role pubs play in our communities—and the harm that will be done by their closing

By Alexandra Haddow  

Working in the same pub my dad stayed at before, I found a greater appreciation of the role pubs play in our communities. Photo: Prospect composite

For the first time in my freelance life I sobered up on New Year’s Day to find myself with very little work in the diary. I messaged a friend who runs a pub in a leafy (loaded) area of London and asked if he needed a barmaid for the next few weeks. My luck was in, and I ended up working there almost…

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