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The night the Pink Coconut team took over Derby Police Station

The liquor stocks at the Pink Coconut and Slick Chick Derby had not been working out well.

Someone was “at it”.

So a number of out of town managers were brought in to investigate.

They arrived one busy Wednesday evening, accompanied by partners and staff, and began their observations – but little did we know that this would be the night the Pink Coconut team took over Derby Police Station.

Unsuspecting staff gave away drinks, placed money into till drawers without ringing it in, or simply under rang the amount they were charging – which not only left the stock short, but also built up a surplus in the tills, which could be pocketed later.

Of course there were many honest and loyal staff.

But the not so honest ones were gradually identified and handed over to the police.

Something like a security Spring Clean!

Clearly this exercise used up a number of the police officers on duty that night. Statements took time and had to be accurate – so could not be rushed.

When the majority of the erring staff had been interviewed, the supporting statements had to be made, and it was decided that this would take place at the main Police Station in Full Street.

No sooner had the Pink Coconut team arrived when an emergency call came in regarding a possible riot situation in the Normanton district of Derby.

Off raced every available officer – leaving the Pink Coconut team to “keep an eye on things”.

And what could go wrong, they were sensible and responsible licensees?

But it did go wrong.

Especially after one of the managers thought it best to jump over the counter and man the reception desk himself – so as to look the part.

When the phone rang he announced that there was no-one in, then replaced the receiver. When a poor young man came in looking for sanctuary from a violent girlfriend – he was offered a night in the cells for his own safety.

Luckily the fun and games were over when the duty sergeant returned, and removed our man from the reception desk much faster than he went in.

Everyone was reprimanded, statements made and signed, then the whole team returned to The Pink Coconut, although they were told later that no damage had been done, and that time had passed very quickly for a very amused night shift.

Did they sort out the stock shortages?

In a way, but when you have the trilogy of staff, money and alcohol, there will always be irregularities.

No one was arrested. No one was hurt, and everyone was wiser.

But the reception desk at the Police Station never looked the same again.


Image from midlandsheritage.co.uk


More Midlands managers pictures – with a very pleased Tony Gorbert

Have found even more First Leisure Midlands managers pictures – with a very pleased Tony Gorbert on quite a few of them.

Wonder what he knew?

The first picture is of Pat and Johnny West – doesn`t he treat her well – all these nights out!

Very knowing and thoughtful, expressions from Tony on the left, and Dave Keetley on the right.

Wonder if they had been talking to Steve Thomas???

Wendy is keeping husband Cameron Walsh Balshaw under control tonight. Not like the occasion when he took over the front desk at Derby Police Station!

And the time in Hull when he…. no – that`s another story.

We`ve sent Kevin from Seventh Heaven Doncaster with extra wine to try and get more info from Tony – but it just makes him look ultra pleased!

Think we are getting to the truth now – and why shouldn`t he look pleased?


All the pictures we taken on the raised back tier of the Cantonese restaurant in The Black Orchid Nottingham.

Hope you like them.
















Midlands region First Leisure office Christmas Party – no expence spared

It was the Midlands Region First Leisure office Christmas Party – no expence spared – photos were taken – and now we have memories revived.

Or have we?

We can remember some of the names – but others need to be refreshed – so for the record, all assistance will be appreciated. The venue was Cairo Jacks Sheffield

No one can forget Ian Bomber Harries in the thumbnail shot at the start of this post – and below we have Adrian Martin and Dave Howell

On the shot below from left to right we have Hillary from Seventh Heaven, Dick Child, Bomber, not sure, Tony Gorbert from the Travelers – then Andy Conquer from Peterb0rough

Next we have Andy Mac and Jason Smith from Cairo Jacks Sheffield

Johnny West and Angie Weston from The Pink Coconut Derby

Not certain of the everyone`s names Рbut we definitely have John Sulley and Trish Cosgrove in the middle

Linda (formerly Tony Spragg`s secretary – the cashier at Cairo Jacks – with Area Controller Alaister Braid in the centre.

Betty from the Slick Chick Derby Рcashier  and the best agony aunt in the business.

Sorry guys – can`t remember – and they are so happy.

Another shot of Trish and John – she looks coy – but she likes his style

Maureen, cashier from Shanghai Sams Peterborough

Andy Mac`s team from Silks and Cairo Jacks Sheffield – probably waiting for everyone else to go home

Not sure how true the story is – but it is rumoured that one of the managers collected in the party hats and sold them to try and get his petty cash to balance.


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