Whenever it’s Chinese New Year time or rather before the Chinese New Year, I will always made a trip down to the then NCO Club at Beach Road. During the early 80s (1982) when I was first enlisted, we were still allowed to buy duty-free cigarettes and liquor (beer). So it’s always such a long long queue to buy such ‘New Year Goodies’ as there was a limit on how much one was allowed to buy. Later in years, only the duty-free beer were allowed to buy and as times go by, even beer also not allowed anymore!
First known as NAAFI Britannia Club in the 50s… then in the 70s it was the NCO Club (my time)… later in the 90s, it was converted into Warrant Officers and Specialists Club. See this link of The CHEVRONS.
Here is an old army map showing the location of the NAFFI Club;
You can see the old Alhambra Cinema along the same side of Beach Road then. Below is the NAAFI club in the 50s;
Photo Credit : http://www.marsden.me.uk
A postcard view below of the club;
Credit : LimYap Collectibles
Frankly, I didn’t make full use of the facilities there during that period. But the swimming pool don’t seems to be much difference compare to in the past (during NAAFI period). The pool still look more or less the same as in the past;
Below is an interesting map showing the NCO Club in 1976;
This map even show the original shoreline before the first land reclamation. Also some of the landmarks are not built yet while some were still there.
Here is the aerial view in 1969 by Mr.Boey YB;
If we walk past the former Beach Road Camp to the NCO Club, you may find that it’s all ‘boxed up’ for construction works. This 3.5-hectare site could be transformed into a mixed-development – with more than 600 hotel rooms as well as commercial and retail space, which to be ready probably in year 2010.
The following are some
beautiful photos from URA site;
Below shows the plan of the 4 buildings that will be conserved in this plot of land;
Let’s take a look at how the NCO Club changes over the years;
Here is the Beach Road Camp;
Beach Road Camp is what I normally called, do you know the actual name of this camp?
Photo Credit : All 4 photos above from URA.
If you wish to know more about this re-development of this Beach Road site, pls check it out at URA Web Site.
Of course what I enjoyed most in this NCO Club is probably the Tombola nite. Those who frequent the club will know what I’m referring to. The other thing I enjoyed was shopping at the SAFE Superstore at this outlet at that time.
I bought my first SLR camera from SAFE hehe, and that was a Nikon FA! Wonder if the SAFE superstore is still operating now? Any idea?