A no-nonsense Bampi from Fforestfach has defied his families wishes to take him out for a posh meal for his 80th birthday.

Ex-docker Jack Bowen instead opted for a meal in his local, where he can wear his Hi-Tec trainers, cream coloured chinos and the Fila polo shirt he had for Christmas in 1989.

Grandson Pete Bowen said: “We thought it’d be really nice to take him somewhere special so he could put a nice suit on and eat something that hasn’t been microwaved.

“He’s a tough man to please though, we’ve been asking him for months what he’d like as a present, maybe a nice engraved watch for example, but he just scowls and says “save your money for something important.””

Jack said: “Wear a suit? Am I off to a funeral am I?

“They were on about taking me to a place where they serve food on a piece of slate, not where I come from son. They reckon these restaurant places have ‘ambience’ and don’t smell stale, but it’s the smells that make a pub.

“I take my own beer decanter from home and I take it in dirty so the barmaid gives it a wash for me because I’m always thinking.

“Gammon and chips, proper red sauce on a proper round plate and none of that lettuce bollocks.”


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