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Robbie #74 I had about five annual "holidays" there fro 59 - 64 ? Def there in 62 cos I've got a photo to prove it, I'll get Mrs Catfan to sort it out.

I can remember boxing but can't remember any opponents.

On dates I usually behave myself very well hellothere

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Catfan You were lucky to get five holidays there, you must have become a monitor. Fortunately l only had the one which must have been in the late 50's, l must ask my mam and also ask her why l only was allowed to go on the one occasion....... maybe all of a sudden we became rich or my dad got a job.

Sorry about the 'dates' bit l should n't get personal about your courting days, they are nothing to do with me.

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Here you are, Catfan working hard, reverse of the picture says 1962 !

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Is that an escape tunnel you are digging?

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Not lucky getting 5 holidays Robbie, we were made to go.

The bloke in charge before Nicholls was a bloke named Ellis, a really compassionate true gentleman.

We all thought he got the push because he was so compassionate, kids WANTED to go there every year.

Re the dates, Robbie, the answer was tongue in cheek !!!

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This place doesn't sound much of a holiday for kids, if they couldn't wait to get home. The authorities should have been ashamed of themselves.

You can't judge it by today's standards. Remember that in those days there were a lot of inner city kids who had never even been to the seaside let alone spent a few weeks there. For many of them, a regular bath may have been a luxury; see thread on "Roughest areas".

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Scriv, Even now It's not all a bed of roses for some inner city families and l am not just including Nottingham.

It was that good and popular it got closed down. The building is still there, it should have been demolished.

A couple of years ago l called into the place out of curiosity and introduced my self as an ex-inmate. The staff were very helpful and allowed me under supervision to have a look around but it didn't look the same obviously over the years it had been changed. The torture chamber and cells removed.

Standing outside on the pavement did give me flash backs of the walks.

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I used to get the cane & strap as punishment at Trent Bridge school as most of us did back then, it was normal. You did sumat wrong you got the cane or strap, must admit I deserved most of mine. But that place was just brutal, you got the cane/strap/whistle round back of legs for the slightest misdemeanor.... Does anyone know when it was closed?

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I went to a rough inner school not many went onto university but some did go onto to prison for murder but l never felt afraid or bullied and where corporal punishment was dished out daily, often for very minor incidents but it was nothing compared to what l experienced at the Skeggy home. They were brutal, they encouraged and enjoyed violence.

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I was at this holiday home in around 1954 for 3 weeks and I was terrified for the whole length of time. I seem to remember a Mr Roberts but I may be wrong and he was absolutely EVIL!!! Not only was he fiddling money, he was taking sweets off kids too. I remember watching him shout a young lad to him, order him to kiss his feet, although he had his shoes on, and take most of his sweets. I also remember the hot chocolate and dripping sandwiches we had for supper, after which he would shout "Hit the sack" and we had to scramble into bed and dared not move again. One person recollected him hitting kids with a piece of wood. As I recall it, he would stand in the doorway and randomly hit kids across the head, including me, with a wooden hand brush. I also witnessed kids being fiddled out of their money at going home time. For 6 shillings one lad got a cheap shilling brooch and 2 3p sticks of rock. When I was on gardening duty you could hear the girls shouting and laughing. They seemed to be having a lot better time than the boys as they were in a different building The only half decent memory was being marched to the pictures to see pinnoccio. 2 lads tried to run away while I was there. one of who was brought back from the bus station. They made him strip naked, stand on his bed and poked him with a cane. There was more than one adult present when this was taking place. The lad was crying and it was meant as a warning to all of us not to run off. I had nightmares about this till I was in my 30s and was deeply affected by it all. I'm glad I stumbled on this forum because nobody has believed me for 60 years. I feel a lot better knowing other people have experienced similar. Should there be a full government enquirey or was the government involved in it as well..Like many other young lads I wondered what I had done wrong to be sent there.

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Welcome to Nottstalgia DRW. Unfortunately, incidents similar to those you describe seem to have been quite common at childrens' homes in the past. It may be a slight consolation to eventually learn that you weren't alone in what happened.

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Welcome to Nottstalgia, DRW. I look forward to reading your posts and sharing your memories. I agree with Cliff Ton's comments and would add that the children concerned would never forget their experiences at the children's home. I think an enquiry into the accused people would be too late because it was over sixty years ago and most, if not all of them, would have passed away. Hopefully, to rot in Hell.

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One of the "Master's" son's is still alive & well I have been told.

He would have put a member of the "Hitler Youth" to shame with his antics.

Never mind one day I may bump into him in Skeg !

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I never had the bad fortune to go there, but it's reputation was known. I used to go on holiday to Skeg regularly with my parents and I remember standing outside the place and Mum (herself a hard bogger) threatening to send me there if I didn't behave.

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Welcome & thanks for your input DRW. You hit the nail on the head about people not believing how bad it was, I have been accused of exaggeration & even lying about how bad it was, I feel vindicated reading what others went through. I still shudder when I think of the horrible place..

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Welcome to Nottstalgia, DRW. I look forward to sharing your memories.. hellothere

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Hi everyone, I'm new on here only because I was trying to find out some information about the kids home that my brother and I went to in the late 50's. Having read all of the posts on here I must admit I was quite shocked to read about all the abuse that took place there. I was wondering if it was indeed the same place, I'm pretty certain that it was, in fact my brother and I went there twice.

My memories are that I enjoyed my time there, there were young male helpers who used to have a skittle group, a small putting area in the garden, some lessons to do with the sea, trips to the embassy theatre, walks to Gibralter point and plenty of coca cola. I must admit I never saw or received any abuse at all, perhaps I was lucky, I don't know. By the way there was no boxing at all.

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# 93 ART

I went in the 60's. Maybe different people ran it when you was there or the normal people who ran it were on vacation & stand-ins ran it, or us who had a rough time got the stand-ins.. BTW welcome, we're a very friendly crowd on here, we moan & whinge a lot though..

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In that case Art, that could have been Mr Ellis, one of the nicest, kindest men you could wish to meet.

Not long after if my memory is right, he was replaced by a bloke called Mr Nicholls, one real nasty mother. His son was certainly no better than his father.

The experience I suffered there was to last all my life.

On a public forum we have to tread carefully what we say in public, libel laws & litigation can be quite expensive !

We never had Coke to drink either when Nicholls was there.

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