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The Oldie - - READER'S LETTERS -

SIR: I read with in­ter­est Ken Al­dous’s let­ter ‘Hold­ing on to your hats’ (Fe­bru­ary is­sue). He men­tions caps re­ferred to as ‘cheese cut­ters’. I was un­der the im­pres­sion that name was given to caps made us­ing cor­duroy ma­te­rial, the cor­ru­ga­tions of which re­mind one of the ser­rated knives used for cut­ting cheese.

Re­mem­ber­ing my days in the Royal Navy, I re­call ‘cheese cut­ters’ were a favourite of RN of­fi­cers, when go­ing ashore in civil­ian clothes. Wear­ing a hat ashore meant they were still able to ac­knowl­edge and re­turn a salute whilst in civil­ian at­tire. Brian Hawkins, Win­ford, Bris­tol.

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