Dances

Excerpt from Centennial book, page 57:

"Dances enjoyed new popularity in the post-war years. But for those members whose boats lacked sleeping accommodation and who frequently slept in the lockers beneath the Great Hall of the clubhouse, they were a trial. Marie recalls that preparing for a day on the water by getting a good night's sleep could be difficult if you had children and had to endure the pounding of jitterbuggers upstairs until the wee hours. Tom Nimmo, whose locker housed the club compass, recalls that the bouncing frequently dislodged the lightbulb in the locker he and Jean often stayed in. (The compass, incidentally, was used to swing those in the rest of the club; its reference point was the spire on St. James Cathedral in the city.) If the mixed dances were exuberant, however, the annual spring stag was toned down. A notice informed would-be celebrants that "stripteasers" would not be part of the entertainment."

But in one respect, 1947 was also a sad year for Queen City. Two years before Queen City would celebrate its 60th anniversary, the remarkable Tommy World, then 85, died while serving the club as Honorary Commodore. ...

by Wayne Lilley
Copyright 1991
ISBN 1-895161-01-0
Excerpts and photos with permission from Wayne Lilley and Steve Manley