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Images of the Month - February 2011

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RW/23/6 Construction of the NAAFI, Notte Street, Plymouth & PD/7/40/5 Coronation Celebrations, 1952

Roy Westlake and Derek Hiscock Archives

This month's image has been chosen from our Roy Westlake and Derek Hiscock Archives by Simon Gomery, SWiB volunteer. Here's what Simon had to say about the image:

"The NAAFI Club (Navy, Army and Air Force Institute) opened their original premises in Nissen huts placed on the former site of the Royal Hotel on the corner of Lockyer Street. This was opened by Mr A V Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty, on Friday March 16th 1945.

The iconic red-bricked building of the NAAFI in Notte Street became its permanent home in 1952 representing the strong links between Plymouth and Her Majesty's Armed Forces. Opened in that same year by Princess Margaret, it originally served the purpose of providing over-night accommodation, food, drink and entertainment for service personnel. The building was then taken over by the University of Plymouth, ironically as a basis for the Architecture Department also housing a film and television studio.

As a signalman in the Royal Signals during the 1990s I remember NAAFI bread and T-bags!

Due to the ongoing demolition of this prominent local building, recent excavations of the site - coincidently on the 11th November 2010 - unearthed one of Plymouth's many unexploded bombs left from World War Two. Interestingly, Plymouth harbours the greatest quantity of unexploded bombs outside of London."

Further NAAFI related links:

The NAAFI, Brian Moseley's Plymouth Data
Film, opening of the NAAFI by Princess Margaret (Pathe News)


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