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1960's Leisure Time
For me, being a bloke, many things spring to mind about becoming a teenager and not being a teenager anymore during the 60's - Scouting, Youth Clubs, Gigs and chilling out!
From the ordinary Scouting days I went into Senior, then Rover scouting. Today, this may be seen as being sad, but then it was for adventure and not being tied down by stringent health and safety issues of today!
One thing I owe my Mother is that she always made sure I had a holiday and this was usually a Scout Camp. Gone are the days when you packed your Kit in Dad's WW2 Army Sack, then sat on it in an open back lorry driving 300 miles to North Wales (see right pictures).
Youth Clubs of the earlyish to mid 60's had one huge evening content; sitting around too shy to talk to anyone, drinking Coffee and Coca Cola getting to only dream stage of the attractive young lady sitting at another table.
The odd thing is that they all overlapped and didn't cancel each other out. Even when I was in the Band during the late 60's, I would still go to Rover Scouts and be quite happy building Bivvi's on weekends away, jumping in a car and going somewhere far away to hike and scramble up mountains.
Gone were the days of conformity as such. You did what you liked and no-one really cared or took the mickey like they may do today.
By the end of the decade, an example of a great Sunday would be to squeeze 5 / 6 people into a car, a couple of guitars, a Party 6 Beer Can, find a wood and sit there for three hours strumming, singing or just sleeping.
Fashion of course changed drastically. Men (me included) started to look like a technicolour nightmare and girls would compete against each other on the shortest mini skirt they could buy.
Out of Tea Rooms came Coffee Bars and out of America came Fast Food with Wimpy leading the way.
Young people were affording Cars for the first time and the Mini became the icon which it still is.
Of course, there was a lot more going on in the UK outside of Sevenoaks; mods and rockers spent their time beating each other up, Hippies were camping out in woods, University Students were rebelling about everything from Civil Rights to Baked Bean Can labels. It all added up to an extraordinary mixture of fun, laughter and tears.
But that was going on outside my little world and I was quite happy going in a Bubble Car with three others taking short cuts across roundabouts, hiding behind gravestones at night groaning when some poor person took that way home.
Oh days which will never come back. The main thing about the
Some said a good weekend depended upon the Demo you went on. All over Europe, Students were finding something to have a go at.
John F. Kennedy