Diary | Tuesday, 1st June 1976
I was back in Devon on the 20th May after a string of horrendous first-year university exams that made me think twice about staying on. By the 27th May I was clocking-on at Devon Laundry in Torquay to pay off student debts. The day after the spring bank holiday I found myself on the usual shift at work then down to the 400 Club in Torquay for Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias. Bloody good it was too.
The following is taken straight out of my diary:
That day cost me 42p in bus fares, 6p on coffee, 75p for the gig and £1.12 on beer. I must have only had three pints, which was a bit low for me in those days!
I cannot remember who George was, other than he must have worked at the laundry, and I can just about remember Maurice Donovan – what a great name! He had been a fellow student at South Devon Technical College. At the time I was surprised that the Devon audience enjoyed the Albertos as they were so out there – on the edge. But I realised later that I sometimes underestimated Devonians at the time.
Some of the ‘laundry’ terms may bemuse – subracking, sorting and spreading! I might get around to explaining them one day but it struck me recently that working in the laundry in the seventies – and delivering to hotels all over south Devon – might make a good sitcom. I shall have to start writing down a few ideas…