Black Horse recall

SIR - I am sure that a more informed authority than myself would be able to comment on whether or not The Black Horse acquired its current name in the 1970s (‘Insight into pub with a chequered past’ in the Nostalgia column, 1 March).

But on my first visit to Sidmouth Folk Festival in 1971, it was certainly known by that name, and, as I mentioned in my history of the Festival, The First Week in August: Fifty Years of the Sidmouth Festival, published in 2004, it was known by that name in 1967.

That was the year when Eddie Upton, later the festival’s artistic director, was refused service in the Black Horse for wearing jeans!

Derek Schofield

2 Carisbrooke Close, Wistaston, Crewe, Cheshire.