SIR: In my youth we went to the pictures once a week and although the news was on the wireless we looked forward to the newsreel to see world events that were usually not reported on the BBC. Two annual happenings that are never heard of these days were:
1) The New Year Chelsea Arts Ball. It was sensational to us. The students wore fancy dress and sat on huge floats that they had made. The girls were usually very scantily dressed and were uppermost on the floats. At the stroke of the New Year the floats were torn apart and mayhem followed with bodies everywhere. We had never seen such happenings, but in the present age no one would be surprised.
2) The Aga Khan was weighed and he sat in a seat and his followers matched his weight with their gifts of diamonds. These were in a huge scoop which was balanced by the Aga Khan in his seat. As
he was as fat as he was high, each year he must have been given a fortune in diamonds. I wonder when this custom died out? The present Aga Khan is a grandson and a very quiet man who never hits the headlines.— SHIRLEY CHILDS ( nee FARRELL), FORMBY, LANCASHIRE.
South Stack lighthouse, Anglesey. A reader is asking about family connections to lighthouse builders. See letter this page.