Random memory!

Discussion in 'Coffee Shop' started by Jaws, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Jaws

    Jaws Corporal CockUp Staff Member

    Had visitors tonight and we ended up talking prices in days or yore

    These from 1966 / 67 /68

    gallon of 2 star ( 4.54 litres near as dammit ) 4/10d occasional special offer 4/6d
    20 No 6 fags 2/10d


    Wimpy and chips 1/6d
    coke 6d
    pictures 2s
    bus up town 4d
    bus home 4d

    So a night out for me and girl friend about 9/6d or 47.5 pence

    I also remember saying that petrol prices were getting outrageous when the price rose from 50p to 74p a gallon in less than a year (1973/74 I think ) and predicting there would be a tie in my life that petrol could well go up to £2 a gallon and there would be riots
     
  2. jeffa

    jeffa Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    Yes remember happy days, got £5.d per week. happy days
     
  3. Quiney

    Quiney Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    When I had a Honda C50 stepthru to go to college, if I ran it on reserve for a short time then I could squeeze 20p worth of petrol in, rather than the 17½p for half a gallon. 72/73 time
     
  4. slim63

    slim63 Never surrender Club Sponsor

    You lot must be way older than me :) I only remember a packet of fags a gallon of 4 star & a pint all being around 50 to 55p

    My first weeks wages in 1979 was £25.25
     
  5. T.C

    T.C Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    My first full months wages in 1975 was £30 :eek:
     
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  6. andybirdless

    andybirdless Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    In 1975 my total income was £3.50 doing a ten hour day on Saturday in a high street retailer.

    I soon learned that caddying at a very posh local golf club (Walton Heath) could earn me anything between a fiver a round or £30 for the weekend.
     
  7. Quiney

    Quiney Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    My first months wages in 1974 was £91 (still have the wage slip tucked away somewhere)
    That was away at sea. I was on more money that my father who was the village bobby!
     
  8. T.C

    T.C Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    That would make sense. I was a Police Cadet. My father was an experienced traffic Policeman having not long transferred from Surrey Police and he was on about £70 a month.

    In 1978, (By which time I was a full serving policeman) we had the Edmund Davies pay review and our salaries quadrupled as a minimum (it may have been more) and a junior copper such as me was suddenly going from under £100 a month to over £400 plus we also got rent allowance.

    I thought I had won the pools with all the extra money we were being paid. Didn't take long before we felt just as brasic again, but I still remember that feeling of euphoria when that first salary payslip arrived.
     
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  9. andybirdless

    andybirdless Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    I joined a bank at 16 to kill two years until was eighteen so I could join plod.

    39 years later I retired from the bank.
     
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  10. T.C

    T.C Well-Known Member Club Sponsor


    I had forgotten about that as well ;)

    Absolutely spot on. I used to caddy at Henley Gold club when I was inmy early teens. Most of the top celebrities were members of the golf club and had more money than sense.

    1 days caddying could earn me in excess of £50 (what would that me worth in todays money? ) and I always remember I went to the USA for the first time on a school exchange programme.

    The whole trip for 6 months cost £108 (I still remember the cost) which included excursions, flights, Hotel on the first night, and I took £100 spending money which was twice as much as the other kids, and I came back with two thirds still in my pocket.

    But the point is, that instead of flogging my guts out at the local boat chandler which I did for a while to earn £20 for a 20 hour weekend, I could earn north of £50 for a couple hours of walking. It became a bit of a no brainer.
     
  11. andybirdless

    andybirdless Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    You are so right about more money than sense at posh golf clubs - it was almost a competition to see who would give their caddy the biggest tip!!

    Walton Heath was very much a closed shop for caddys - there was actually a 'caddy master' who ran it like a fiefdom. I got in as a result of my dad calling in a favour while flashing his warrant card.
     
  12. slim63

    slim63 Never surrender Club Sponsor

    I was on a building site doing 10 to 12 hour days for my 25 quid :eek: mates who went into engineering at rolls or the jag were earning roughly £60 a week for not a lot of graft

    I soon learned my trade though & went self employed in 1980, suddenly I was earning £30 to £40 a day for 8 hours :D a few quid tax & stamp paid left me enough to be quite a rich bloke compared to some, The sad thing is a lot of unskilled blokes in the trade are working for that now :eek::(:confused:
     

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