Red Lion, Burslem, Staffordshire, March 2021
This pub has closed down, and its frontage is boarded and embellished with a depiction of the gilded angel from the top of Burslem’s Old Town Hall, plus some words many will recognise:
… she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I’m right or wrong …
Robbie Williams lived some of his early childhood in here, when his parents were landlords of the Red Lion. He grew up in Burslem and the surrounding area, and was living in Tunstall when he joined Take That in 1990.
It is suspected that the lyrics of Angels, written in 1997, were inspired by the gilded angel in Burslem.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 8 March 2021