My informant Pat Sligo has chimed in with a couple of things lately. He provided some missing info on the cinemas page and I managed to find a picture of the Prince’s Theatre and Playhouse, which had been missing from the page.
Pat also sent in the following short memories:
Thanks for all your effort in putting these old stories together.
I am so glad I was living in Durban as a youngster as there was always something to do. My two old school friends and I regularly cycled down to the docks and looked at the ships – I remember a submarine in the dry dock being dismantled – I think it was the Italian sub that surrendered to the Durban authorities at the end of the war – and a Barracuda torpedo bomber being catapulted off the deck of a Brit aircraft carrier as it was leaving harbour in between the South & North piers – a very noisy event – and if you were bored, then go and have a swim at either of the two beautiful beaches we had – and it didn’t cost a cent!! We were always on our bikes somewhere every weekend – must have ridden hundreds of miles.
Do you remember a photographer – Stanley Jee from Lynn Acutt – being sucked out of the rear seat of a Harvard aircraft whilst photographing a Harvard flypast event in the late 40’s or early 50s. He had undone the safety harness to be able to move around better in the rear cockpit and ended up on the end of a parachute (fortunately by regulations he had to wear the para.) and landed in the sea near South Beach, where a lifesaver on a ski boat picked him up, just in time, as he was entangled with the parachute canopy lines and in danger of being drowned – never mind the sharks about – and he lost a very expensive Speed Graphic camera in the event. I knew him well as a Kodak customer of ours, and he took our wedding pics in 1954.
I will try and find a pic I took of the horse-drawn ice cream cart standing outside of the Metro cinema one night awaiting interval. Do you remember the stampede there used to be to get to the cart and eat an Eskimo Pie, a Twistee or an ice cream cone before going back inside?