In 1982 we decided it was time to settle down and take a quiet little pub by the beach in Whitstable, Kent. On 4th June 1982 we took over the Punch Tavern, which had previously been the haunt of Screaming Lord Sutch when he ran his radio station on the nearby Shivering Sands Towers.
Our first child (our daughter Dawn) was born later that year and was brought up for the first few years of her life at the Punch.
We were soon drawn back into the world of watery wireless again and it was while at the Punch Tavern that another radio project (Laser) came about. The pub soon became a 'Mecca' for radio enthusiasts; things did become a bit too hot for a time, although the DTI's suspicions that the pub was the nerve centre of the operation were misguided.
We hired a really good management couple and bought a house six miles away at the other side of Herne Bay. We decided to sell the tenancy of the Punch as we were very busy (setting up yet another radio ship) and we spent some time in the Bahamas.
Paul then did some training of pub managers for Vaux Brewery, but by the 1990s was spending more time on radio work in Poland, Lithuania, Russia, etc. Radio consultancy work with a variety of radio stations throughout the 1990s ment long periods in Holland and Germany and then seven years in the Isle of Man as Chief Executive of a startup national station.
It was to be twenty years before we returned to the licensed trade, when we took on the lease of the Triton Inn in the lovely picturesque village of Brantingham, near Brough in East Yorkshire, and quite close to our native Hull.
The Triton is a huge country pub with a ballroom. It could seat 170 at a time for food. We built the trade and pretty soon could do over 700 full meals on our busiest days - we had a team of up to 29 staff though! We had eight very happy years there and finally sold the business to a local family, Bob Carrolll and his son Sam.