A game of cards in the Cadet Hut c1959

t14508A group of Grangefield Grammar School boys playing cards in the Cadet Hut. The players are (l-r): Harry Maloney, Garth Flack, Michael Wilson, Alan Carr, Alan Coates, Gus Irvine c1959.

Photograph and details courtesy of Alan Callender.

6 thoughts on “A game of cards in the Cadet Hut c1959

  1. All the time I was in the cadets, until 1959-60, held within its armoury were more than sixty working Lee Enfield. 303 rifles, both mark 1 and mark 4, three sten guns, four Bren guns, six Mosberg .22 rifles and a Very flare pistol, all fully functional. I believe a local teenager broke into the armoury one night in about 1961, there were no alarms, and he snatched a couple of rifles!,

    Next day Catterick Garrison sent in a couple of three tonners and the weapons disappeared for ever. Good job too with 1969 on the horizon!

    Harry Maloney was the Armoury Sergeant and I was Armoury Bombadier (corporal)

    Tony Jackson is right, it was a proper den of iniquity and much personally beloved!


  2. I seem to remember that unsupervised access to the Cadet Hut was forbidden and was locked at all times. Fortunately the lock had be fitted (or had been refitted!) so that it could easily be opened either with a knife or a firm piece of plastic. The Hut was indeed a haven for smokers and gamblers. After school, until it was time for tea, we would sometimes continue at Barry Weatherall’s house on Durham Road where Indian Poker was a favourite.


  3. This was a serious game of poker and was a regular lunchtime event in the cadet hut. Played for money with major pots sometimes reaching five shillings (25p) which was enough for two packs of Senior Service. Oh the decadence of those days!


  4. The “Grangefield” card game played by mainly the 6th formers was the North American game of “Pinochle” similar to “Bezique”. This game could take hours to complete and would be played all day with breaks for lessons.


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