Bute in the 1950s

Inspired by the recollections of a retired sailor we decided to have a look in the Buteman archives to see what was going on when he was stationed here in the 1950's.

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In summer 2017, the Rothesay Pavilion team was contacted by Alwyn Parker, who was stationed in Rothesay in the 1950's. You can read Al's full story here:
http://www.rothesaypavilion.co.uk/pavilion-stories/

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Alwyn arrived in Rothesay in the summer of 1952 on the Alaric to join the 3rd Submarine Flotilla, who were based in Rothesay between 1952-3 and 1955-6.

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Rothesay Pavilion in the 1950's

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''I noticed what an attractive seafront it had. The most attractive building was an Art Deco one with the word PAVILION on the front of it.''

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1950's entertainment for the holidaymaker

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Whats on at the Pavilion

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1952 Guinness Ad from The Buteman

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''Several of us went ashore that evening visiting a local pub where we had a few pints and sing song!''

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An infamous West Coast tonic wine!

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Cutting from Buteman 1952 detailing one of many competitions arranged between Bute locals and the navy

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''The natives of Rothesay were very nice and a good relationship existed between them and the Navy.''

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''In the summer hordes of day trippers would descend from them into Rothesay, it was quite a riotous time then!''

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Holidamakers at Rothesay Pier

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Report on naval reminiscence weekend from 1952

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Memories though, it seems, have always been in fashion

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