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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Picnic At Pasir Ris beach 1st August 1955

I finished school in 1954 and started work in early 1955. But, the spirit of getting together and having fun continued after leaving school. So, a group of friends organised another picnic at Pasir Ris on 1st Aug 1955.
We went to picnic at Pasir Ris on a lorry. We did not have the luxury of an aircon bus like today. But, we had a very good time singing and laughing together
as the lorry journeyed on.
Pasir Ris then was a coconut plantation as shown in the photo background. There was a brick wall between the plantation and the beach to prevent soil erosion.

Smile, you are on condid camera!!!

Tea dance was a craze in the 1950s. All youths wanted to learn dancing. Learning at the dance studio was expensive. So, friends taught one another.
No dance floor? Anywhere would do as in this photo.
The young girl was learning to dance from the older girl . Others watched and tried to remember the steps.

The group photo was for girls only.

Another group photo for girls only?
Where were all the guys? Perhaps they were dancing at Pasir Ris Hotel.

There they were! Crowding at the lorry in the background.
Group photo for girls only.


yg said...

i would have liked to know your group of friends then. how did they manage to get so many girls to go on the picnic? the boys seemed to be completely outnumbered by the girls, so much so that they stayed in the background.

i suppose the coconut plantation was where the park,including the car parks, is today. could it have included the area where the houses are today?

PChew said...

Going to social gatherings such as picnic and dancing party was the fad then. All we did was to pass the words to a few girl friends in the school and they came in droves. My next blog will be 'Pinic at Changi Beach'.

Yes, the Pasir Ris park including the carpark were part of the ccconut plantation then. It stretched up to the beach. Elias Road was a cart track and the only access to the beach. There were a few semi-permanent houses near Tampines Road.

yg said...

my friend dick yip (the wise old owl)just posted a black and white picture taken at changi beach.

his website is: