Pinder Hall Dance 1946.
This photo was taken with a pocket sized Bakelite Baby Brownie 127 camera, no flash in those days. It was taken at the left side of the stage next to the stairs going up to back stage.
In those days you could ride a bicycle and leave it in a piece of waste ground that is now where the Medical Centre is located. Dances ran from 8:00 p.m. till midnight. Doors closed at 10:00 p.m. so that one could not get in after the pubs closed at 10:30 p.m. The cost was 2/6 for four hours of dancing. One could hire a live six piece band with vocalist for 7 pounds. Dances use to be at least once a month. Mind you had a lot to choose from each week in The Advertiser, both for Friday and Saturday nights.
In the photo from the left is one James Hatch, sitting next to Anne Garwood, who was sitting next to Roy East. Roy was the eldest son of Jim and Kath East who lived in The Pound. Ann and her brother Philip lived with Tom and Mrs. Smythe, who kept a small green grocery shop close to the International Stores, which is now Cookham Arcade.