The Watson family in Dorridge are getting ready to celebrate an incredible 100 years of running The Railway Inn at the heart of the village.
The first Watson, Thomas, took on The Railway Inn in 1915, together with his first wife Fanny and later his second wife Adeline. Thomas and Fanny’s son Eric took over in 1959, with his wife Nellie (known as Babe), and their grandson Joe began assisting from 1978. Joe took over as publican in 1982, but Babe was a continuing pub fixture for 53 years, until her death in 2012, aged 88.
Today, Joe runs The Railway Inn with his daughter Becky Neal and wife Janet. Over the years, ownership of the pub premises has changed hands several times, with Punch Taverns as the current owners.