The Black Lion Hotel.
Posted by Y ddraenen from Aberdare on the 23rd September 2013
Does anybody know exactly what is happening with the Black Lion Hotel? This is a magnificent building that seems to be slowly falling apart through long term neglect. It was a big part of my youth in the 1960's, as we all gathered there on Saturday and Sunday nights before going off to Go-Go's or the Memorial Hall, both alcohol free zones at the time.
There we met up with girl friends, or tried our luck with the girls in the disco, having imbibed Dutch courage at the Black. Every time I pass there now I seem to hear old familiar voices echoing from the empty lounge bar overlooking Victoria Square, where we'd sit and talk about the latest hits in the charts like the Beatles, Stones, Animals, and the Kinks, or argue about politics, religion and a host of other subjects.
It would be a shame to see this building demolished, but of course, I'm fully aware of the costs involved in restoring it, and I'm afraid that in these hard times, there's not much room for sentiment. Still, somebody might find the right formula and make it a paying concern in some way or other.