can you still buy a bowler hat in the UK

  timsmith259 00:01 28 Feb 2011
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Haven't seen a bowler for years

  uk-wizard 05:39 28 Feb 2011

Yes - if you show horses they are essential. click here

  BT 08:29 28 Feb 2011

You can even get them on Amazon !

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  Quickbeam 08:46 28 Feb 2011

Before we moved out of London, when I was 8, I used to see lots of men on the station at the end of the garden wearing them to go into the city. Now I just think of Mr Steed when I see one.

  Bingalau 10:12 28 Feb 2011

A heck of a lot of them are worn by ex officers of military regiments when attending parades etc. As a matter of interest the Royal Marines officers recently stopped wearing them preferring to wear berets. The army still wear bowlers as far as I know. I have no idea what Royal Navy ex-officers wear. For those of you who do not know..The Royal Marines are a part of the Royal Navy, I hear that by the end of this year they will number a fifth of the Royal Navy. Far too many cuts to the Royal Navy in my opinion.

  Woolwell 10:27 28 Feb 2011

Naval Officers - Bowlers for Remembrance Day in London otherwise there isn't a designated headwear.
Hear hear to your last sentence.

  MAJ 10:29 28 Feb 2011

You're not an Orangeman then. click here

  Grey Goo 12:45 28 Feb 2011

Seems the Bowlers have gone underground.
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  jakimo 13:36 28 Feb 2011

They can still be seen at 'horsey' events and
favoured by Cambridge Uni. porters

  peter99co 13:51 28 Feb 2011

I have paraded past the Queen 3 times in mine during Special Regimental gatherings

Once a year it is used on Rememberance Day parades in Local Town.

I got mine from a Street Trader quite a few years ago.

  Forum Editor 17:28 28 Feb 2011

from my father. I tried it on once, since when it has resided in a very posh Gieves and Hawkes box on a shelf in my wardrobe.

My father wore it when he worked at the Air Ministry during his last RAF posting. He wasn't required to wear uniform every day, so he travelled up to London each day wearing his bowler. In those days bowlers were a common sight in London, but not now.

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