Halloween Party at Faraway Cottages - 1966
(l - r)  Jack Rouse,  George Rose, Mike Jent,
Seated -  Indian Fakir

This was quite a photo and it wasn’t long before the names starting coming in, with Terry Cabral quicjly spotting Jack Rouse, George Rose and Mike Jent, and he eventually also identified our India fakir, Mike Caulkett, who was the master of disguise.  More of Mike in a moment.

Three of the four guys in the photo are still with us, with the two Mikes, Mike Jent and Mike Caulkett now living in England, while George Rose has settled here in Bermuda, or should I say, St. David’s Island!

George tells us the event was a Halloween Party held at ‘Faraway Cottages’ in Warwick, at the home of John and Anna Mulholland.  The party was attended by many members of the Police Drama Group who had been dressed and “made-up” elsewhere by the Wardrobe and Make-Up staff from the Drama Group.

George has written to say, “Anna had been Assistant Producer for the Police Drama Group's rendition of "Journey's End" at the City Hall Theatre between November 9th - 12th 1966. This play was a sincere tribute paid on the stage of City Hall to the men who fell in the World Wars. The stage scene was impressive and was laid in a Dug-out in the British trenches just before the battle of St. Quentin, March, 1918."

Mike Jent later married John Mulholland's sister Elizabeth who was Wardrobe Mistress, with Mike playing the part of 2nd Lieutenant Trotter. 

Publishing this photo cannot be complete with a special mention of Mike Caulkett’s brilliant portrayal of an Indian fakir, complete with his own bed of nails which, it has to be said, were all “sharp as nails”!  And yes,  Mike even lay on it during the evening without any discernable injury as can be seen in this photograph.

 
Our Indian Fakir and his bed of nails
Not so fake after all!  Mike Caulkett demonstrates the
art of making your bed - then lying on it.

Mike has since sent us the following additional photos taken at the same Halloween Party, and we invite you to help us identify all those who are featured in them:-

 
Photo 1
 
Photo 2
 
Photo 3
 
Photo 4
 
Photo 5
 
Photo 6

Editors note  -   For several years I have been trying in vain to persuade Colin “Dusty” Hind to write up a history of the Police Drama Group for our website.  By coincidence, I happened to see him a few days ago and we chatted about the Halloween Party, and about his personal involvement as a co-founder of the Police Drama Group along with another young police officer, Ron Shelley, who went on to have a distinguished career in show business in New York. You can read a little more about Ron in our Keeping in Touch column 2012 in an article dated 14th September which can be found at  http://expobermuda.com/index.php/keep-in-touch/31-kit-3-1-12

As a member of the drama group I have to say it was a real privilege to take part in several brilliant plays put on at City Hall Theatre, with the vast majority of the cast and crew being members of the Police and their wives or girlfriends.

After a little arm twisting  “Dusty” has kindly agreed to get together with me in the near future to draft up an article on the history of this multi-talented group.  

It would be most helpful if anyone who took part in these productions would provide us with their own recollections and any photos they might still have.  Perhaps the following photos above from that Halloween Party will help to get creative juices flowing!

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#16 John McQuaid 2017-08-22 22:00
Sorry Mike, but if I hadn't been told, I would have put a weeks wages on the Fakir being Doc Hall! But then he wasn't a member was he?

Editors note - As a matter of interest, retired Inspector Gladwin "Doc" Hall is now our oldest police pensioner and he still moves around the Island as quickly as he always did!
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#15 Terry 2017-08-08 20:47
Guy eating Chinese is Pat McBride.
All the rest I concur with.
Been in hospital so missed the enitle launching.

Editors note - Looks a little like Pat McBride but it's Pete Parnell who was a talented actor.
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#14 George Rose 2017-08-05 09:17
Photo 2: Sandra Barnett in the middle, wife of John Barnett. No clue on the other two.
Photo 4: Peter Parnell sitting with rice bowl in hand.
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#13 George Rose 2017-08-04 18:38
Photo 1: Jack Rouse beating on the great comedian Mike Woods.
Photo 4: Standing - Eileen Armstrong and Robin Henagulph.
Photo 5: Dave Long as Hitler and
Photo 6: Penny Long
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#12 Dave Long 2017-08-04 11:21
The hitler was me I made it up with my uniform! The bunny is my wife Penny
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#11 Dave Long 2017-08-04 11:17
Hitler pic is me and the playboy bunny is my wife Penny , the uniform was made up from my uniform and items from police stores!!
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#10 Davie Kerr 2017-08-04 05:28
I'd have guessed Mike Caulkett as the fakir, but none of the others. Would "Hitler" (pic 5) be Nick Hall?

Editors note - Not Nick Hall Davie. Much too 'skinny' but I suspect Nick was involved in providing the uniform as he went on to a career selling military uniforms which included providing uniforms for a wide variety of military related films.
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#9 George Rose 2017-07-27 20:46
This party and photo took place at the cottage of Anna and John Mulholland, Faraway Cottages, Warwick.
Anna was the Assistant Producer for the Police Drama Group's rendition of "Journey's End" at the City Hall Theatre between November 9th - 12th 1966. This play
was a sincere tribute paid on the stage of City Hall to the men who fell in the World Wars. The stage scene was impressive and was laid in a Dug-out in the British trenches just before the battle of St. Quentin, March, 1918.
Mike Jent later married John Mulholland's sister Elizabeth who was Wardrobe Mistress with Mike playing the part of 2nd Lieutenant Trotter.

And Jack Rouse is correctly identified.

Editors note - Great information George. I believe I have a review of Journey's End somewhere. Have been hoping to persuade "Dusty" Hind to assist in writing an article about the history of the Police Drama Group.
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#8 George Rose 2017-07-27 20:22
There's two Mike's in the photo. The Indian fakir is over 6' tall and lay on a bed of nails at the party that night. Well known to us all in those days.
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#7 Terry 2017-07-27 16:54
It's big Mike Caulkett.
If you can tear him away from Prince Charles tell him I said hello..........................
(yes I know him and Charlie split up).
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