There follows a transcript of a recent conversation with my son :
Him : Dad, can I have some of my pocket money ?
Me : Yes, sure, how much ?
Him : Twenty quid should be enough.
Me : Twenty quid ? Where are you going ?
Him : The Hare and Hounds
Me : But that's my pub.
Him : Dad, it's my local now !
He was 18 last week and has wasted no time moving in on my patch.
That is what I think is called the circle of life and I am on the lookout for a new local. All offers gratefully received.
More seriously though, this is one of the great strengths of the pub, that young and old share the same space. Young (and old) people will always behave better when in a mixed environment rather than sitting on a park bench drinking under-age in an uncontrolled, unlicensed surroundings.