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Published on Aug 30, 2009
The year is around 1968. The place is your local ABC cinema. The venue - the ABC Minors Childrens Matinee, to which thousands of grateful parents dispatched their little brats with 1/- worth (5p!!) of pocket money that was a small price to pay for a peaceful Saturday morning! First up was the famous ABC Minors song, which complete with lyrics flashed on the screen with a bouncing ball projected from an old carbon arc lamp and slide lantern !
We are the boys and girls all known as.. Minors of the ABC... And every Saturday all line up... To see the films we like and shout aloud with glee.. We like to laugh and have our sing-song... Such a happy crowd are wee..eeeee We're all pals together... We're Minors of the ABC.
After this thoroughly rousing number, the cinema's manger (or, most likely, the hapless assistant manager!) would host some obligatory birthday singing and talent shows along the lines of skipping contests culminating in a hail of flying objects from the kids in the audience!
All the British ABC cinemas have either been demolished or changed to the Odeon brand but, miraculously, an original 45rpm record was rescued from the projection room of a cinema being demolished which takes me back to the simpler childhood days of Saturday morning fun at the local ABC Sidcup cinema. Enjoy!