It was the end of an era for one of Largs’ last traditional old-fashioned pubs, when The Royal Oak closed its doors five years ago.
This inspired the late and talented Arlene Muir to write a special poem that was, rightly, read at the crowded Boyd Street bar, as the last pints were served in 2016.
Arlene told the Largs and Millport News in 2016: “We’ve had so many laughs and banter in the pub over the years. I thought I’d write a poem about the pub’s special memories and read it at the farewell party, and named it “The Star of Boyd Street” – I thought the regulars and locals would have enjoyed a story about all the good times we shared. “
His poem takes a humorous and loving look at the Royal Oak:
“It’s not just a pub you know
– we want this to be clear,
it’s a small cozy living room
where people could spread joy,
For years and years he held on and always made us happy,
The laughs, the jokes, the lives we shared, that
was really a treasure
The Willies, Jimmies, Bills
and Johns, gossip and
the chatter is buried deep within these walls with all the local chatter
Boyd St corner star, that little drinking house,
some come to discuss and descend
a pint, and others just to think about
Tonight is the grand finale,
as we say goodbye to this pub we
will keep these memories forever,
the staff and me and you
And so tonight the doors
will close, so let’s not be sad let’s toast each other for all the laughs we had.