ID: WW01_141 / Winifred Hone
|Title||Mock trial. Victory Bar - Winifred Hone memoirs|
|Abstract||Still on the subject of making one's own recreations, Arthur Dale and my husband were about to compete in a Dabchicks race
when an unexpected squall overturned the boat, which was named SHRIMP - an International dinghy and very lively in the heavy
weather. They had no option but to swim ashore. A local wit thought this a grand idea for a mock trial that took place at a later date.
The Judge was the Rev. Young, Commodore of the Dabchicks and he conducted the trial sitting on a high pair of steps in the
Victory bar. Learned council visitors to the Victory, complete with wigs, offered their services for and against and it was an
hilarious evening with an inexhaustible amount of humour. The exchanges between Judge and learned council had to he heard to be
believed, this was an occasion when the law didn't take itself too seriously. However the defendants lost and they decided to
lodge an appeal, which did not take place owing to the difficulty of getting witnesses, locals who did not understand the
difference between legality and hillarity.
|Source||Mersea Museum / Wendy Brady