Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Ancient Order of Froth Blowers

I had a nice little touch at Auction today and I am now a proud owner of a pair of ceremonial cufflinks of the Ancient Orders of Froth Blowers. The cufflinks came with the Membership ‘Book of Ritual’ as part of the life membership to the A.O.F.B. and were to be worn ‘on all occasions of festivity, or thirst’
The wearing of cufflinks when attending a Vat meeting or ceremonial occasion was checked by ‘shooting the linen’ – standing and thrusting the arms forward so that shirt cuffs were ‘shot forwards’ from jacket sleeves exposing them. Failure to wear the cufflinks could result in a forfeit or monetary fine. Forfeits included having to buy ‘drinks all round’ or telephoning a random number and singing the Froths Blowers Anthem.
So who are the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers ?
A quick search on google soon revealed all, it appears the AOFB existed in the 1920's and sort of disappeared in the 1930's. However in that short space of time they did manage to be remembered in the annals of pub history and I have found a quote from the handbook that more or less sums it all up.
A sociable and law abiding fraternity of absorbitive Britons who sedately consume and quietly enjoy with commendable regularity and frequention the truly British malted beverage as did their forbears and as Brittons ever will, and be damned to all pussyfoot hornswogglers from overseas and including low brows, teetotalers and MP`s and not excluding nosey parkers, mock religious busy bodies and suburban fool hens all of which are structurally solid bone from the chin up”


Michael Cates said...

Nice find Tony!

A long, long time ago, when I was about 12, I started collecting 78s and had (maybe still have somewhere?)a copy of "The Froth Blowers Anthem". The lyrics were something like: "The more we are together, the merrier we'll be".

I guess it dated from the 1920s so perhaps it was connected with the AOFB?

Richard Eastcliff said...

I say! They sound just my cup of tea! Or tankard of beer!

Pat Boorman said...

Coastal life is very nice when the sun is out as recently. But the sea is freezing -yet nobody seems to realise what a transformation could be done to this town with sea water pools heated by solar panels.I might even send a donation to the Labour Party if our money could be spent on healthy things instead of the bloated salaries of officials hacks conservation hacks at TDC

Tony Beachcomber said...

ECR, now that is a coincidence. As I was trawling through the life and times of the AOFB the first person who came to mind was you.

Tony Beachcomber said...

Pat, it does look as if the free swimming for the over sixties has gone for a burton.

Tony Beachcomber said...

Michael, the lyrics do seem to have a jolly good time sing 'a' long theme like "I do like to be beside the seaside"

ascu75 aka Don said...

I love auctions

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