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|Pushing your luck|
I’m not sure if this is the right place to post this, so apologies if there is a more appropriate forum.
My father died in 1987 and I am currently transcribing the 200+ letters that he wrote to my grandparents whilst he was serving in the RAF as his National Service.
He was stationed in Cyprus between April 1951 and April 1952, latterly with the detachment serving with the Royal Signals in Famagusta. This is his account of using his security pass to get access to the docks:
"I went on the docks yesterday to see what was going on, but we were stopped at the gate by an armed Cypriot guard. He said something about being out of bounds etc. So we were stumped & we did want to get on the docks. So we told him we were working on the sets in one of the ships, he didn’t really believe us & asked us for our passes. So cheeky beggar here shows him his security pass for getting into camp. You should have heard the guard then. “Terribly sorry sir”, he said, “I hope you‘ll forgive me for not letting you through & I’ll see it won’t happen again, sir”, etc, etc. Surprising what a bit of bluff will do isn’t it. We managed to take some photos too, enclosed please find."
Does anyone else have similar experiences?