Disco Dungeon!

We were  certain that anyone who ever visited this particular venue would immediately know exactly where it is.  It was obviously in the cellar of the PRC which was used during the 70's as a venue for Disco parties.  The guy in the photo is, of course, Dave Walker,  who was not a policeman but spent many hours at the PRC and was a regular member Prospect football. CLICK HERE to read more about Dave in our "Then and Now" column.   There seems to be a minor dispute about whether "Brits drank Schaeffer beer"! One thing for sure -  beer was consumed, whatever the brand.

This same cellar was used for a while as a storage area for official police files after the Police took over what had previously been the Prospect Army Garrison.  Sadly,  the vast majority of records simply rotted in the damp conditions and much of our history was destroyed when the then Commissioner George Robins ordered that the records be disposed of. Fortunately, an enterprising young police constable, Ted Burton,  who was given responsibility for getting rid of the old files,  used his initiative and picked out some of the most important files which have since been placed in the official Government Archives.  Ted Burton went on to write a series of articles in the Bermuda Historical Quarterly about the history of the Bermuda Police, all of which are an invaluable source of historical information.

The cellar was also used during the 1960's for parties to which nurses and other young ladies were invited and there were times when it was almost impossible to move in there - let alone dance.  Those were the days!

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#23 Terry Bawden 2016-07-27 17:05
This is where I held my stag night on 14th July 1965 the day before my wedding, and what a night it was
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#22 Davie Kerr 2014-08-22 15:52
As far as I know, Les was last reported to be somewhere in Canada. I believe Roger Kendall bumped into him comparatively recently, but that's many years ago now. However, it may be worth asking Roger.

Editors note - I believe we already asked Roger but he had no further information.
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#21 Terry 2014-08-22 14:24
"Did you ever stop to think that it might be you who never changes".

Powerful words Roger.

Reality proves that I have and have moved on.

An opinion is such. Don't shut it out like many. It's called moving on and not being held to transgressions slammed on oneself.

Shalom.

Editors note - Terry, If you check these posts you will see that it was YOU who threw out the accusation that, in your words, "You never change". If there is any lesson to be learned here it is, "Don't give it if you can't take it"!
Sorry, but I have no idea about the "transgressions slammed on oneself."
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#20 Terry 2014-08-22 13:17
Quoting John skinner:
What Memories!! Sheila and I first met in the PRC cellers. She says she fell over me!!
I found Schaeffer to be an excellent first beer after Scuba Diving (particularly to rinse out the rubber taste) but after the second beer had to change to something else.

Editors note - So Terry is correct that some of the Brits drank Schaeffers even if it had a rubber taste!


Lord.
Bill the Spider McKenzie never drank Pabst Blue Ribbon either.

A Scotsman drinking Pabst.

It's called personal taste/choice.

Great day to all.
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#19 Dave Walker 2014-08-22 02:13
Quoting Frank Dowie:
Would be interesting to know who took this picture. I'm sure it would have been a PRC Football Section fund raiser for a tour to Toronto. That's Dave trying to see if there are any more Rod Stewart records! It was a great venue (apart from the cigarette smoke, Roger) and I always enjoyed the functions there.

Editors note - Dave, would you happen to know who took your photo? Good to hear from you Frank.


Hi Frank,
I have a feeling Les Pearson took the photo and gave it to me sometime later. I'm still trying to find out where he is these days by the way, any info ?
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#18 Frank Dowie 2014-08-21 13:23
Would be interesting to know who took this picture. I'm sure it would have been a PRC Football Section fund raiser for a tour to Toronto. That's Dave trying to see if there are any more Rod Stewart records! It was a great venue (apart from the cigarette smoke, Roger) and I always enjoyed the functions there.

Editors note - Dave, would you happen to know who took your photo? Good to hear from you Frank.
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#17 Davie Kerr 2014-08-19 04:53
In John Henry's defence, I think the rubber taste came from the SCUBA gear rather than the beer, but that's only my amateur opinion as a well known non-drinker!

Editors note - Davie, Pleeease. You are simply not qualified to give an opinion on taste testing beer! But thanks for writing.
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#16 John skinner 2014-08-18 16:53
What Memories!! Sheila and I first met in the PRC cellers. She says she fell over me!!
I found Schaeffer to be an excellent first beer after Scuba Diving (particularly to rinse out the rubber taste) but after the second beer had to change to something else.

Editors note - So Terry is correct that some of the Brits drank Schaeffers even if it had a rubber taste!
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#15 Davie Kerr 2014-08-16 05:45
Yes, I have to admit that I'm still partial to the occasional Mars Bar, but not in the quantities previously consumed!
By the way, I've been in touch with John Riordan: thanks for passing on his contact details.
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#14 Terry 2014-08-15 15:11
Quoting Dave Walker:
Quoting Charlie Mooney:
Hi Terry,
You did not miss anything. The Brits did not drink Schaefer, beer if you want to call it that. Dave certainly did not and if you look at the picture again, you will notice that the can is located on the next table, in front of someone else. While scousers could sometimes take your drink, I have never heard of any, and I know quite a few, taking a Schaefer!
Charlie

Editors note - Must say I wondered about "Brits" drinking Schaefer because I've never heard of it!


Well said Charlie, never drank Shaefers but had the occasional Heineken !!

Wow!!!
You never change.
A Brit would brink anything like the rest us if it's free or cheap.

Notice the ashtray?

Brits never smoked.

I am outta here.

Editors note - Whoa Terry. Did you ever stop to think that it might be you who never changes! Yes, just about everyone smoked in the 1960's and 70's but some did not, and that includes myself, and Davie Kerr who has also never consumed alcohol in his life. Smoking was a curse to non-smokers like me who had to put up with cigarette smoke everywhere, including in patrol cars in winter with all the windows closed. Fortunately, times change and habits change, but I suspect that Davie still loves his Mars bars!
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