The adults of Wivenhoe let out a deep, long collective sigh this morning as the last of their beloved children finally returned to school and a sense of calm once again settled across the town.
To celebrate the fact, Wivenhoe’s pubs opened at 8:15 so that relieved parents could pop in for a swift celebratory pint or four after drop-off.
Early morning reveller Karen Mum, aged 15, explained to BBC Look East: “I’ve just dropped my little Porsché, Chantel and Rooney off and I’m already into my fifth gin. It’s been a long hard summer, but Christ it’s good to be back!”
Steve Lager – landlord at The Rose & Crown and the innovator behind Wivenhoe’s Practical Independent Support Service for Unique Parents (PISS UP) – explained: “It’s really important that mums and dads are able to attend our special breakfast club drop-in sessions to ease themselves into the Autumn term. The hope is that between now and half term they are able to get in enough sessions to make the first school holiday just about tolerable.”
All of the pubs in Wivenhoe will be participating in the new PISS UP scheme and it’s hoped that at least some of the parents will make it back to school in time for pick up at the end of the day.