Capri Dance Hall in Corozal Town, 1970's
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We would like to thank the person who shared this photo. The gentleman in the picture above is the late, yet no stranger to Corozal, the famous "Don Gaby". Mr. Gabriel Hoare was manager and son of the owner of Capri Hall, the late Mr. Lucas Hoare. This picture portrays "Don Gaby" behind the bar at the Capri Hall. Mr. Gabriel Hoare was a two time Mayor of Corozal Town and his name would be etched forever in our community through his honour of the Gabriel Hoare Market. This is a great part of Corozal Town's history. May you continue to Rest in Peace "Don Gaby" and Mr. Lucas Hoare.

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Capri Dance Hall in Corozal Town, 1970's and "Don Gaby," Mr. Gabriel Hoare

The Capri was located at the entrance of 1st Avenue, immediately to your right of the roundabout coming into Corozal Town. It went down on a blazing fire. This is where now they have all those cars for sale at the entrance of Corozal by Social Security. AWESOME memories for many Corozaleans.

It was a different time when the whole family would get a table around the dance floor. And if you wanted to dance with a girl you had to ask the entire family for permission first. How things have changed.

I watched the France 98 World Cup finals there with my dad when l was a little girl.... 20 years ago wow

I remember the Xmas dance good day .

Corozal had its first metal concert there...ahh the memories...

I can never ever forgot christmas dance at Capri with gilharry 7 in d 80s that is where I met my husband and those days it was true u cannot go to dance alone ur parents or an adultgot to take you its so funny but we got to abide by rules.

CCC High school dance back in the 80's...oh how we would dance our feet off to Gilharry 7! When the band would take a break we would take a stroll by Miami Beach to breeze off and head back once the band strikes up again.

Yes i rember Mr Gaby behind the counter and his father seating by the stairs. And the flip flap windows behind Mr Gaby. I was just 6.

I grew up in Corozal Town.

It was a time when everyone treated each other like family. We went outside to play, we got dirty, we caught makala(tollock) we made kites out of coconut straw and plastic bag, or news paper, coconut straw and flour paste. We ate whatever mom cooked; we ate tortilla and beans, Vienna sausage sandwiches, bread and butter, corn tortilla and butter, chopped ham, bacon in the tin, avocado, drank tea outta mug, ate Tommy sweets, smarties, ideal, popcorn, polvoron, hard time biscuits, corn beef and snow cones. We played Strike Out, "Mother May I", "Red Light, Green Light", "Hide and Seek", "run over ", "hop catch", "chase" and "marbles”. When we could get our hands on a water pipe we turned it on and made our own waterfall with a board and a tire. We use mommy bathpan for our pool. When it rained it was time to run outside and play in the rain. We weren't AFRAID OF ANYTHING BUT STRAY DOGS (and most of them knew us, and left us alone). If someone had a fight, that's what it was...a fist fight... and before you knew it, we were friends again.

Kids didn't have guns when I grew up. The street lights were our reminder to get your butt to the front of the house you lived in so you can hear your mama when she yells your name to come in for the night. School was mandatory. Fever and the flu were no excuses...

We watched our mouths around our elders because we knew If you DISRESPECTED any grown up you're gonna get HIT with whatever was close by, and when your mom finds out you'll get an extra lashing. Police officers were respectable and thus respected!!!

Photograph courtesy Margie Quan

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