This week brings a touch of sadness for the former owner of Eddie’s Bar, Luton, as the demolition of the site begins.
Eddie Doherty, 70, first opened the Irish bar in Church Street in 1990, and has some very fond memories of his time there.
He said: “This is a very sad time for all of us. It was a massive part of my family’s life and it still is really. People still know me as Eddie from Eddie’s Bar.
“It was a very special place for me, as my eldest son Edward laid a couple of bricks on the development of Eddie’s as a four-year-old.
“Life flies by and all I have to do is think about the bar and all those good memories come back.
“The best years of my life were spent there. The atmosphere was always truly magnificent, especially on St Patrick’s Day, which was the highlight of every year.”
The bar has been closed for eight years and the building was partly damaged in 2011 when it was hit by a blaze.
A spokesman for Luton Borough Council said: “The building falls within the Power Court development site.
“At this stage the remaining buildings are being demolished and the site cleared.”
Eddie said: “Eddie’s Bar was known as the little bit of Ireland in Luton. When I meet Irish people in Luton visiting from Ireland, they remind me that they first met their partner in the bar.
“I would like to thank all the boys and girls who visited Eddie’s over the years and made it such a special place for my family and I.
“I hope it made their youth and time spent in Luton more memorable.”