"There was only one choice for dining out - Joe's Caff opposite Beeston library. My unchanging choice, every Saturday night was corned beef and chips, slice of bread and butter and a mug of tea for 2/- (10p). Joe's also featured a jukebox. At the birth of rock and roll and in that Teddy Boy era, for weeks, the only record played was Bill Hayley's "Rock around the Clock" with most of the diners jiving in the aisle between tables. Eventually, the patron Joe, wishing to keep our loyal patronage, blocked off an area with two tables reserved for us, where one's chips would not be jived off one's plate.
"As a further treat he obtained the 1957 recording of Louis Armstrong's "Dippermouth Blues" for the box. Trad fans to a man, we hit back by playing it endlessly, at the appropriate moment, joining in the band's exhortation to Louis to "Play dat Thing!", much to the alarm of less sophisticated diners. Another heavily patronised place was the Humber Road chip shop. Chips 3d (1.25p) and sausage in batter 1 and a farthing d (1/2p) were the favourite, the farthing reduction from 1 1/2p ensured their popularity over similar local chippies.
"Entertainment was limited to local cinemas. The high spot came when "Rock around the Clock" was banned by the city authorities following rioting and vandalising of their cinemas. It was decamped to the Lenton Abbey Essoldo on Derby Road, just outside the city boundary. I tried to see it three times in one week but always the musical parts were accompanied by jumping on seats or jiving in the ailses (a la Joe's Caff). The dialogue was inaudible because of the patrons' continuous booing. Cost for this 1/- (5p).