Don’t Close Me Down

The Little Nibble

I always feel a little sorry for Bearwood (despite its European-style-cafe-bar), it sits a little uneasily between the Black Country and Birmingham, and I definitely feel sorry for Dexy’s Midnight Runners – who seem to slip down the cracks of music history despite being one of the most wonderfully constructed bands ever.

Two reasons then, to mourn the closing of ‘The Little Nibble’ – the café on Bearwood High St – which is given a , ahem, ‘shout out’ in “This is What She’s Like” from Don’t Stand Me Down (the name-check even more wonderful when you consider the band were all Wall Street in look by that time).

Independent cafés are being squeezed out by development and chains across the country, but it will be a shame if it is replaced by “mobile ‘phone shop, Poundland or ‘Amusement’ Arcade.”

Photo snaffled from The Hearing Aid, where we first heard the sad news.

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