Whilst serving in the Royal Marines and also with the Royal Navy, we played an entirely different game of Tombola to that which is played by the modern housewife in clubs etc.
What I would like to know is. Do any ex-navy/bootnecks or even members of other services on here remember any of the unusual calls for the different numbers (such as five and nine-the Brighton line, which seems to have survived in to the civilian version)?
I can remember Kelly's Eye; Pompey Whores; Bishops; The Maltese Goat; Two Walking Sticks; Doctor's Chum and a few others. Can anybody add to these? So that maybe we can end up with a complete list. I know on some ships numbers were not called at all, so you had to know the code or you never stood a chance of winning anything. Maybe we should steer clear of the rude ones to avoid the wrath of you know who!
Perhaps we can reminisce about the huge winnings available in the China Fleet Club in Hong-Kong? The local Chinese loved their gambling, so much so that the club was crowded on Tombola nights. To win a line would have set me up for a few months. But I never did win a bean.
Maybe we can also start a thread on the rules of "Uckers"?
Anyone for Deck Hockey?
I will not divulge the word that came up on my spell checker to replace "Uckers".
I remember attending families Tombola when attached for underwater demolition training with the RN Clearance Divers on Manoel Island in Malta in the '60's. I regret that at that time I went in the hope of "trapping" (to use a pussers phrase) so cannot recall the calls!