“Quite a grin day for Nobby’s 18th birthday. Me + Holly went to a ‘party’ at Kentucky Fried Chicken!”
The Kentucky Fried Chicken store in Shirley, Southampton had become something of a ‘social hangout’ for many of my friends, not least because a handful of them worked there. (In due course I was to spend my own time ‘dunking the fries’, but I’ll save my description of all of that for a later diary entry).
Kentucky Fried Chicken (now known as the less-of-a-mouthful “KFC”) first started its UK operations in the mid-60’s and it was the very first US-style ‘quick service’ restaurants to hit their shores. Whilst many of the early outlets (the very first was in ‘unfashionable’ Preston) were the now-familiar sit-down restaurants, the Shirley branch featured little more than a take-away counter.
The area behind the counter was the kitchen – not as ‘on show’ to the public as KFC’s modern-day restaurants (somewhat thankfully given the shenanigans that often went on) – and behind that was a sizeable office area… presumably the location for Nobby’s 18th birthday party?!!
No further mention I see of the special presents I (and others) had been preparing in advance of this important day in the Nobster’s life and no memory whatsoever of what it could have been.
I must have liked Holly though… I took her out in public to meet my friends! Blimey!