You might remember that there was uproar when it was thought the new owners of the Clissold Arms on Fortis Green in my ward were going to completely sever links with the Kinks heritage of the pub. After lots of media coverage, petitions and pleas from Kinks fans, it seemed as if those fans were going to get what they wanted - the retention of the Kinks memorabilia in the pub.
The Clissold Arms finally reopened recently and although I haven't been in myself yet, some of the Kinks fans who contacted me before have been back in touch. It seems that the new owners have retained the Kinks link - but only in the form of four framed photographs.
You can see from the first two photographs here, from some years back, that there was a range of Kinks memorabilia commemorating the site of their first live performance. The third photo is of the pictures that now remain. Thanks to Olga for the photographs. She asked the staff at the Clissold Arms what happened to the rest of the memorabilia and was told the rest had been 'lost, damaged or stolen'.
I hope that the new, refurbished Clissold Arms is a great success, for the owners, local residents and visitors. But it is a real shame that care wasn't taken to keep the memorabilia in good condition and on display to recognise the fine heritage of the pub. I really don't see why it couldn't be done in a style that would fit with the new decor chosen by the pub's owners.