Jack the Hat, Widnes

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Jack the Hat, Widnes

Post  xray on Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:29 am

Ok, so Jack, once again pretty much the average white lightening drinking 3 pairs of trouser wearing tramp-o, with a flat cap (dont they all?). He sits on a small wall outside the iceland in town growling to himself into his saliva soaked beard. Likes talking to people in non human dialect, likes sliding upto other people sitting on HIS wall, like old people who need a rest, until they inevitably move.
What more can be said about Jack the hat? Except maybe that his face
has a kind of ground in motor oil look about it, years of not washing.
I think he does it for dramatic effect, but who can say?

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Post  xray on Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:30 am

There seemed to be quite a crop of these 'Gentlemen of the road' a couple of years ago in the summer. They'd appear outside the public toilets near Iceland at about four thirty and hang around, drinking. Then just as suddenly as they had appeared, they disappeared....strange

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Post  xray on Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:30 am

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Does anybody remember the guy who used to sit outside the old Town Hall (now Victoria Square) in a wheelchair? Must have been about 1985-86? I was told he was a barber or something, but went mental and decided to live down a sidestreet near what is now the 'Hub' bar.....

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Post  xray on Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:31 am

Yes,
He was called Barry Caine (I may have his surname mis-spelt).
He used to be a barber, apparently a good one, but started to like a drink to the point where he would cut someones hair, then lock up the shop and go and spend the cash earned in a pub.
He eventually became more of an alchoholic, and therefore packed in the barber job and took up drinking as a full time profession.
Last I seen him, he had recently had his feet amputated, obviously a drink related problem.

Shame really.

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Post  xray on Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:31 am

Ew! My nan reckons she knew him...

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