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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.


Barracca Garrison Chapel & School

Built by RE 1856. Later St George Garrison Church. Now the Stock Exchange.

The crypt later used for the Pit.

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Ivan   [Dec 28, 2014 at 02:21 PM]
Even more important than the august pedigree noted here – as many colleagues will know - was that, in 1965, the crypt became home of The Pit. We were told it had been part of the war rooms and we, at TH, were given freedom to knock down internal walls in order to achieve a large, dome-ceilinged dance hall, build a small stage and equip a (non-alcoholic) bar area.
Prefect   [Dec 28, 2014 at 04:01 PM]
Until closed down as a fire risk and perhaps for being too close to sources of alcohol. Wink
Ivan   [Dec 28, 2014 at 06:04 PM]
Health & Safety hadn’t been invented then, but I do recall we were aware of a fire risk. I don’t remember illicit alcohol being an attraction or a problem, other than juiced-up rude soldiery trying to gain access. The big boys kept them out whilst those of us who bruised easily stayed below and cuddled up to the girls for safety.Very Happy
Prefect   [Dec 28, 2014 at 06:10 PM]
It was long after my time but I recall reading about it somewhere, probably on the dreaded Facebook. It led to Headmasterly disapproval and the removal to the Helix at St Angelo which was more controllable.

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