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Postby Miraiker » 12 Jun 2008, 09:11

I have been sent this picture (one of several) by someone who has fond memories of holidaying at Clacton-on-Sea.

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I liked the 'sit anywhere' sign. It seems aimed at those who think they don't have to pay if they just sit a little to the left or right or in a big hole they've just dug in front of the booth.
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Postby Chris » 12 Jun 2008, 09:47

I like the 7p! Where did Tony come up with that figure I wonder?
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Postby Miraiker » 12 Jun 2008, 16:08

The chap who sent this has also sent pictures of Tony's show at 10p and at 12p.
One of Tony's books shows an older picture of him charging 5p.
I guess that was inflation in those days.
I bet people complained at every rise. (Peter can remember not paying 10p and telling Tony it was a free beach - or so he says).

To put it into context, those were the days when you could go to the pictures, have a fish & chip supper and a ride home in a cab and still have change out of half a crown.
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Postby Chris » 12 Jun 2008, 20:30

No you couldn't. There were no half crowns (twelve and a half pence) once decimalisation arrived.
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Postby Miraiker » 12 Jun 2008, 20:46

You can't possibly be right on that Chris.

Peter assures me that he spent many half crowns in this way as a youth.

If half crowns went out in 1971 then Peter can't be 39 years old. He assures me that he is and I'm sure nobody on this board would question his veracity. Therefore, you must be wrong!
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Postby CvdC » 12 Jun 2008, 22:19

Did he actually do 7 shows? A day?
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Postby Chris » 12 Jun 2008, 22:36

I think it's 7 different shows Chris - but probably not all on one day, but over the week. He aimed to make the punters keep returning.
Tony wrote a couple of good books on Punch novelty routines so that you too can add variety to your shows.

Miraiker, you could ask Peter whether he remembers the Groat?
Mind you I can remember big white fivers, big brown pound notes, silver threepenny bits, a half soveriegn and farthings.
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Postby Professor Eek » 13 Jun 2008, 00:04

Do they not still use 'em in darkest Wales?
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Postby Miraiker » 13 Jun 2008, 09:44

He usually did one show a day at Clacton and then dashed up the coast to do one show at Walton on the Naze beach, finishing the day at the Butlins holiday camp back in Clacton for an evening show.

Peter remembers all those currencies you mention, Chris. So you're 39 years old too - what a coincidence!
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Postby Chris » 13 Jun 2008, 10:25

Miraiker,
actually I'm 39 and a bit. It's funny, I remember my Mum was always 21 and a bit.
Reminds me of a Jack Benny sketch (Peter will remember him too)
Dentist: "Open wide"
Jack Benny: "aaargh!"
Dentist: "How old are you Mr. Benny?"
Jack Benny: "Thirty-nine".
Dentist: "That's strange, you have a tooth here that is fifty-two!"

Eek,
You show your ignorance. We always have the very latest currency. Have you never heard of Llantrisant, Pontyclun?
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Postby johnstoate » 13 Jun 2008, 14:26

I'm just a little curious about those brown pound notes, - Ten bob notes were brown, pound notes were green. Or had they just gone rusty in all that Welsh rain?? :lol: :lol: - And as for 7p in 1976 - 1/5d a show would equate to a couple of quid today, - After all, 4 star was only about 10 bob a gallon!! :roll: Ahh, yes, those were the days!
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Postby Chris » 13 Jun 2008, 20:06

<img src="images/oldnote.jpg" align="right"><br><br>I didn't think the big pound notes were always green, didn't that colour come in with the reduced size? Maybe I'm wrong. Perhaps they were brown and blue.
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Postby johnstoate » 13 Jun 2008, 20:28

Ah, yes, I stand corrected. - And I was merely enjoying the nostalgia myself, I meant no criticism. :D
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Postby Professor Eek » 13 Jun 2008, 22:18

Have you never heard of Llantrisant, Pontyclun?


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Postby Chris » 13 Jun 2008, 22:58

Exposed to it? You are in daily physical contact.
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