TROPHY man Raymond Chadwick was the toast of a city centre pub where he raised a glass for almost half a century.
Now the Old Black Bull in Preston has honoured its most devoted regular with a special plaque above the seat where he used to sit.
Chad, as he was known to staff and customers, died in November at the age of 69.
The sign, engraved with his favourite slogan “One in, one on,” means his memory will live on in the alehouse where he spent decades of lunch breaks from his trophy shop round the corner.
“That seat was his comfort zone,” said nephew Andrew Nicholson. “It was his favourite spot in the pub because he could see everything that was going on.”
Chad was a creature of habit, always taking a copy of his favourite newspaper in to the Black Bull to do the crossword over a pint. Andrew explained: “He used to tell the bar staff ‘one in, one on,’ which meant a drink now and one in the pump for later.
“So the day after he died we went into the Bull, took in his paper, put it down on the table, ordered ‘one in, one on’ of his favourite beer and rolled him a cigarette.
“It’s brilliant that the pub has remembered him this way with a plaque. He would have been absolutely chuffed.” The memorial, which bears the inscription: “This corner was occupied by the late, great Chad Chadwick,” isn’t the first time the Black Bull has honoured the man for his years of loyal custom.
In August 2011, former landlord Stan Eaton presented the trophy man with a trophy of his own to mark his 65th birthday.
The award was shaped as a Boddingtons pump – Chad’s favourite tipple.
“He and Stan had known each other for years and were thick as thieves,” laughed Andrew, who has taken over the Trophy Centre. “It was a great gesture, just as this is.”
Black Bull supervisor Katie Taylor said: “Chad came in every day and sat in the same seat. He was lovely – a real character.
“He would always buy a pint and pay for one on – hence the inscription on the plaque.
“People still come in and look at his empty seat. You expect to see him coming through the door any minute and saying ‘one in, one on.’
“We all miss him.”