Singlestick fighting (Alan Tait)

I read with interest the article, Times Past, 100 Years Ago, on the vacation classes which were held in the Central School.
As a small boy in the sixties, I remember my grandfather, the late Thomas Laurenson of East Ireland Bigton (1892 to 1975) telling me how they were taught not only navigation and seamanship by Mr Hale, but also the art of singlestick fighting.
Singlesticks were used to safely teach the use of the naval cutlass. Curious to reflect on how the essentials of education have changed in the last 100 years for a young man being brought up in Shetland.
Alan Tait
East Rigs,


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