2:50pm Monday 4th March 2013
By John Chipperfield
THIS strange bunch of characters were about to delight an audience.
They were members of Wolvercote Boys’ Club in Oxford and were staging a production of Under the Skull and Crossbones.
They performed it at an arts festival at Temple Cowley School in Oxford, then repeated it at a similar event in Southampton.
The picture, taken in about 1962, comes from Barry Kicks, the policeman in the picture.
He writes: “I remember very well being taken down to St Aldate’s police station to be measured for the uniform – the only thing missing was the helmet badge which was not allowed by the authorities.
“Those in the picture are, from left: Malcolm Currill (sadly no longer with us), Peter Dawson, John England, David ‘Dickie’ White, Ian Cummings (a regular contributor to the Oxford Mail letters page), Piers Cogar, Stephen Currill, Mick ‘Fags’ Fallows, Barry Holland, Peter White, and me, Barry ‘Gats’ Kicks. Great memories!”
The production was directed by John ‘Skip’ Khan, the club leader, assisted by Dave ‘Jake’ Draper.
The club was formed in 1939 and held its early meetings in Upper Farm House in St Peter’s Road, Wolvercote.
It proved popular and soon a club leader was employed to work with volunteers and increase activities.
The city council built the club’s premises in St Peter’s Road in the late 1950s with the help of a Government grant, and further grants were used to buy new equipment.
In the early 1970s, the club was opened to girls and it was renamed Wolvercote Young People’s Club in 1997.
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