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Still men only, despite law.

A LAW had been passed a year earlier making men and women equal - but according to some women in the North East, sex discrimination was still thriving in 1977.

Those bastions of male chauvinism, the men only bars, were still excluding women, in spirit if not in practice.

A Chronicle reporter who took a tour of the city's watering holes found that former men only bars could still be men only bars for all the difference a year of the Sex Discrimination Act had made.

The bar of the former gentlemen's buffet at the County Hotel on Gosforth High Street was packed - exclusively with men.

And in the Grapes Vaults on Grey Street, where Scottish and Newcastle had still not installed a ladies' toilet, there was only one woman present. Kathleen Dixon, 54, of Avalon Court, Fenham, Newcastle, who was with her husband George, said she found some of the men gave her funny looks: "Sometimes there a a few spare words as well."

Mrs Dixon is pictured above enjoying her drink, surrounded by men.

See Ray Marshall's blog on www.tyneofourlives.co.uk
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2010
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