Royal Navy & Royal Marine

Association & Club (Edinburgh)

 

Recollections

1.

Ian Thomson

Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia

1970s

Thank you to Ian Thomson, Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia for allowing me to reproduce this photo.

Ian wrote:

A group of ladies at Royal Navy & Royal Marine Association & Club (Edinburgh), 1 Broughton Road, Edinburgh

"This picture is of a happy crowd of ladies at the 'Navy Club'.  It was given to me by my mother in law, Jean Kernan, who is middle-left in the photo.  My wife tells me that the ladies had been on a bus tour then returned to the club.

The photo was taken some time in the 1970s.  The club was opposite The Ritz cinema in Broughton Street.  We used to go there on a Saturday night.  We had some great singsongs there. It was altogether a great crowd.   |I think there were a lot of Leithers there.  I wonder if anybody can name any  of them.  The club had a full-size billiard table upstairs.

I wonder if the club is still going." *

Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia:  May 5+9, 2010

* Yes. See below. -  Peter Stubbs

The Club

The club is still going.  Its address is at Heriot Hill House, 1 Broughton Road, Edinburgh.   I've just checked the Internet and found that:

-  SE Scotland Wargames Club meets there on Thursday evenings.

-  There is jazz on Sundays  ('Big Band Sundays').

-  There was a 'Valentine Funky Dress' evening in February 2010.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  May 13, 2010

 

Recollections

2.

Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland

with reply from

Danny Callaghan wrote

Isa Flucker?

"I was interested to see the picture of the ladies of the Navy Club.

   A group of ladies at Royal Navy & Royal Marine Association & Club (Edinburgh), 1 Broughton Road, Edinburgh

I'm sure that the lady, 2nd from right on back row - not the 2 ladies standing together - is  our neighbour and friend, Isa Flucker.  She she is still going strong.

But, is it Isa Flucker?   See 'Recollections 3' below.

Lily and Danny Callaghan

"I don't see my mother, Lily, in picture.  She and my dad, Danny,  were regulars every Saturday night at the navy club.    Woe betide anyone who sat at my mum and dads' table.

There was dancing every Saturday night to a live band, but following my mum's heart troubles she could not dance.    My dad was a great dancer.  (What happened to me?)   My dad could dance anything, rumba, foxtrot, jive, you name it.

He had a string of regular partners for particular dances and carried on going till shortly before his death in 1992 aged 84.

My dad also loved to get up and give a song.  He would learn all the verses of the current ballads and give his all to a rapt audience.   (Another 'What happened to me?')

Here is a picture of my dad, taking the floor at the Navy Club in the late-1980s.

 

 

Recollections

3.

David Flucker

Kirknewton, West Lothian, Scotland

David Flucker replied:

Not Isa Flucker

"This lady in this photo that Danny refers to is not Isa Flucker.  I am Isa's youngest son, David.  My mother is not in this photo.

But I do have fond memories of the Navy Club and their yearly picnics and Christmas Parties."

David Flucker:  May 30, 2010:  Kirknewton, West Lothian, Scotland.

David tells me that his father was Sports Secretary at The Navy Club in the 1970s.  David was a member of the Club until he moved out of Edinburgh in 1987.

Acknowledgement  -  David Flucker:  June 6, 2010

Recollections

4.

Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirling, Scotland

Thank you to Danny Callaghan who wrote:

Navy Club

"There have been a few mentions of the Navy Club on Broughton Road to which I have contributed including a picture of my Dad singing his heart out (2 above).

I have just found my father's Membership Card and Rule Book from the club.   He joined in 1965 and the membership was 15 shilling (75p) a year.

He was a member until his death in 1992. 

Hardly a Saturday did he or my Mum miss.   Their table was jealously guarded and they were usually there by 6.30pm.

Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  February 11, 2011

Navy Club

  Thank you to Ian Thomson, Lake Maquarie, NSW, Australia  for allowing me to reproduce this photo.     Photographer not known.

 

Recollections

5.

Ian Thomson

Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Thank you to Ian Thomson for writing again and sending another two photos taken at the 'Navy Club'.  When Might these photos have been taken?

Ian wrote:

Mixed Group

    A mixed group of members at Royal Navy & Royal Marine Association & Club (Edinburgh), 1 Broughton Road, Edinburgh

"Bill and Jean Kernan, my wife's parents are in the 2nd back row, on the right.

On a Saturday night at the club, there was great entertainment with some fine singers.  I had a hired car and used to back it up to the front door, then take the old folk home.  They were quite merry by the end of the night."

Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia:  February 14, 2011

Ian added:

Men Only Night

    Men Only Night at Royal Navy & Royal Marine Association & Club (Edinburgh), 1 Broughton Road, Edinburgh

"This photo was taken on 'Men Only Night' at the Club.

-   Bill Kernan is middle-left

-  The big fella on the right is Willy Tobey

-  I should know the young lad, middle-back, as I spent a night or two with him.  It could be Rab Young.  I'm not sure."

Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia:  February 20, 2011

 

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