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.