The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Friday 8 November 2013
20th & 21st October, 1947 - Boys meet girls... Anyone for tennis?
The Martyr's Square, Beirut 1947
Monday, 20th October, 1947
This morning I went for a walk around the town and took a few snaps.
In the afternoon we all went to the St George’s Club for a swim and one of us did some
At 8.30pm we went to
a party in one of the beautiful houses on the University Campus. Our hostess was Canadian the other girls were
four Americans, one Scottish-Lebanese and one elderly chaperone – an English
These girls were all very gay and between us the evening was a great
success. I found the American girls very
attractive and quite good dancers and conversationalists. One was a “Dumb Blonde” type but got along
all right with our chaps.
Our hostess was particularly charming and kept the party moving when
it had tendencies of becoming stagnant.
Closing at about 1am we each paired off and took a girl to her home which was outside the
University grounds. I took Agnes the
Scottish girl home, and was second back to the Pension. When Joe came back I was asleep. Soon after he woke me as it was pouring with
rain and the windows needed closing.
Tuesday, 21st October, 1947
This morning two of the chaps went to the University with the hope of
playing tennis with Dorothy & Liz.
Joe & I went to watch. The
rain during the night made tennis impossible.
Liz came to the courts with Dorothy but left when she saw the condition. We took Dot into the Milk Bar and afterwards
we had a few sets of table tennis.
In the afternoon we went to the club for a swim after which we played
table tennis & snooker.
Mrs Brice (Betty) had apparently forgotten to inform the club of her
intended dance this evening. We soon
cleared the floors of rugs etc. and also of one lorgnetted lady who looked very
The girls arrived – three to our four boys. The music was provided by a portable
gramophone and a small collection of records.
We all enjoyed the dancing and when we all thought we heard each
record enough times we side tracked into a quiet bottle party. After a few more dances we saw the girls back
to the Legation.