The Belize Club, at Newtown Barracks, long ago
This was the Belize Club with selected membership. It was mostly a Expatriate Membership. Beyond this was the West India Regiment. One of these Towers belonged to the infamous Colonial Radio Station, Z.I.K. ONE - Not available to locals. The bottom of the tower was always full with "Cirusi" vines. The New Town was down near to the Old Tambran Tree. (Another Lovers Point.) Pickwick was directly after the Sports Field. This Newtown Club was a little further down. This was very elite.
It was a family place to be on Sunday watching our parents playing tennis, dancing, us kids running around, the adult socializing. It was at Barrack, where Pickwick is now located. The building to the right was connected to the radio station and the Newtown Club would be on the left. There were two clubs on the Barracks. This is the Belize Club and the Newtown Club was at the corner before it where you see the tennis court in front of the Princess Hotel. The Belize Club was bought by the Pickwick Club that used to be on North Front Street next to what is now the Musa building, back then it was the Aguilar building.
Pickwick was initially on North Front Street but moved to the Barracks when it bought the Belize Club and became the Belize Pickwick Club. Pickwick was on the river side in front of the Eden Theater.
There was a terrible accident at this club in the 1960's when the flooring caving in during a big dance . A few people were hurt but no one died.
Photograph by Avery
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