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Looking West from the Belize City swing bridge, photo dated 1960s. Bamboo Bay Club on the left.

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Bamboo Bay Nightclub and Bar in Belize City, one place British troops hung out in the 1970's

A popular nightclub on Regent St West. A place where men hanged out including the British Soldiers. The local men and the British Soldiers got into fights, usually because of women and/or alcohol. The local men got into fights because when the soldiers got drunk they became unruly. Those soldiers had a reputation for acting crazy when they got drunk, at several establishments. They used to do the same at Blue Angels in San Ignacio. They liked that rum and coke in truth. They used to trade bottles of Scotch for the local rum. Legends night club at the corner of New Road and Queen didnít allow the soldiers in. It was a perfectly reasonable bar and night club. You could admire the catfish in the river below! It was in operation from the 1950's up to the '80s.

The famous Bambiki Bandula use to practice there. Vibrations band use to practice up there the club was managed by Denfield McNab in the 70s. Saturday nights they had dances up there with a band playing.

It was owned by Belizean businessman and owner of Bliss Hotel on Water Lane, Raymond and Jean Shaw nee Weir the past President of Belize Tourist Board back in the late 60's and 70's, they eventually began to lease it out to other proprietors. It was also owned at one time by Mr. Denfield McNab who now lives somewhere in Belize. Some British soldiers met their wives there. Of course I will not call names but I know some of these wives.

To some it had a reputation as a place of ill repute, but it was not as just because some of the local girls sought out the British soldiers there doesn't make it a house of ill repute. Bamboo Bay couldn't be termed as a Brothel, they didn't have any rooms there. Now the Big C, Vida Alegre, Continental and Raul's Rose Garden, there was no doubt.

The Bowmans, cross country cyclist Stanns his oldest brother Michael and sister Dorla all lived right next to it in a little up stairs house. 60s n 70s.

Children going to Wesley School used to sometimes walk on the Canal Sides to avoid that area of the street. Along with Bamboo Bay there were several bars between the canal and bridge foot. It goes back to the 60's because my husband and his circle of friends use to go there regularly. They even got into a brawl with some of the limeys one Saturday night. I know it was before the 70's.

Frederick Vernon: Now here is a little observation about the British Soldiers in the Nightclubs back in the days. The majority of these soldiers were very, very young. They had a lot of energy and were very noisy and insulting. They loved rum and coke, which many of them could not handle. There are cases where a young soldier would even drop his trousers and climb on a table or even the bar. Thankfully the M.Ps. Patrols were very active and alert, the M.Ps. would swiftly deal with these situations. Now, I am not saying that these things happened at the Bamboo Bay Club. I am only saying what were some of the events that transpired in some nightclubs back in the Olden Days.

Caesar Cuellar: Bamboo Bay Club one of the best fry chicken made by Charlie the cook.

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