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The Locking Apprentice Incident.

Posted by edited out on May 12, 2010 at 3:30 AM

Frank Bennet from Forces Reunited sends this report from 1957:-

         I arrived at Locking in late November 1957, for a 17 week ground radar course. One of our instructors told us about the Teddy Boy problem, where they repeatedly attacked the apprentices who could only go off camp in uniform, unlike us NS & regulars who were allowed out in civvies. This had been ongoing until a few weeks before our arrival when the apps went out one night wearing their webbing belts. As soon as the expected attacks started, off came their belts and they hit back, giving the teds a real good belting in more ways than you would have thought possible. I understand that while this was going on, the local police kept a low profile. Needless to say, no more trouble of this nature occurred in Weston after that. The local hospitals `Casualty' was very busy for that evening and the local papers did carry reports I'm told. (Martin)

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Reply John Diamond
6:59 PM on March 4, 2015 
i was in NAVM-S1 from July 56 to Mar 57 the Teddy boys would come down on the train from Bristol and upset the Saturday night dances. indeed it is recorded that many teddy boys "fell" over the wall and into the sea! - cant remember if it was high tide. went back later to do a CPN4 GCA conversion, having worked on this since being an erk i was more than 'au fait' the instructor who kindly gave me an A2 pass. memories of the Saturday night 'mixed grill' in various cafes. long walk 'home' after the dances too.
Reply Ian Murray
12:38 PM on September 6, 2011 
I remember the incident well. As a National Service wireless fitter ,I had great admiration for the spirit of the Apprentices. The teddy boys were not seen in Weston for some time after the event!
I was posted to Ayios Nikolaos in Cyprus after that working on radio receivers. After two months I went to Haraklis just outside Nicosia to work on 20 Kw transmitters. I went back there a couple of years ago and Ayios Nikolaos was in the Green zone so I was unable to finf what was left of the receiver station. Haraklis was also not visible but it is near the current Turkish side airport. Anybody from Haraklis in 1958/9?
Reply Steve
1:35 PM on January 2, 2011 
In the early 1970s, as part of 'Liberal Studies' (a non tech skive) we had to do a mini project on the big bust up. We went to WSM library and found quite a bit about it on the local rag micro-fiche. I remember seeing photos of pretty fierce weapons, some manufactured in 4T workshops allegedly. Knuckle dusters and sharpened throwing stars (pre dating Bruce Lee).

I later met a Sgt at Neatishead who told us he had been involved in this as an App. According to him there was some kind of Police follow up, a sop to justice perhaps, where blokes were lined up on the square to take part in a mass identity parade. Allegedly one swotty lad who hadn't been down town was identified as hooligan. He wasn't the most popular chap so none of the others bailed him out and he received punishment along with the rest.
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8:35 AM on July 9, 2010 
started 25.1.56 ended 17.12.58? flt lt Harry Read flight commander f/sgt BNettell, and the fabulous super mini man W/O Parker. Finished as a CA.
The teddy boys were a pain for quite a few weeks before the big hit. After the big weekend however they stayed in Bristol for the main part. Rumour was at the time that the CO LOcking received a thankyou letter from the Ch Const of W super M