The first of these two pics shows what was the only washroom for the young trainee musicians and buglers. Tin bowls were on the flat slate areas fed from taps. Waste water was tipped straight down an open drain running along where the slate joined the wall. To get to the washroom we had to leave our barrack rooms and go into the open air regardless of weather. We had to get used to this remembering also that the only block of eight toilets were across the parade ground next to the cookhouse/drum lobby.

The second pic shows the same original operating theatre area today! Part now of a private home owned by a BBC musician of note who has made this remarkable transformation. I send these pics because trainees of today will find it difficult to believe what conditions were like in those days.

Graham Hoskins

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