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1960s clothing

The Ball Game tells us a lot about the clothing and make-up of the day. Whilst the students at St Andrews wear their red gowns a great deal, we also hear about what they wear:
  • to the Saturday night hop: an enormous knee-length sweater and stripey tights with cheap mascara and eyeliner liberally applied for the fashionable beatnik look
  • to the Ball: a miniscule, A-line black tunic...a rope of chunky beads which hung down lower than the tunic …glittering fishnet tights all the way up to her armpits (Patsy) or rich, red velvet…at the back a deep cowl that hung open and low…the skirt split all the way up to mid-thigh at one side (Caroline)

  • The university men wear duffle coats and tweed jackets by day; formal evening suits to the Ball.The farming lads leave their muddy wellies at home and come in full Highland dress


1960s clothes
The word is becoming common and an identity is growing among young people but parenting teenagers is proving a challenge and the generation gap is opening up:

Morag: Your father and I would never have behaved like that.
James: Ach, Mam, that was the old days. Times have changed. This is the sixties….the swinging sixties, man!

However, the famous permissive, sex-drugs-and-rock-n-roll aura of the 60’s has not yet reached Forfar Academy: They were virginal innocents, schooled to propriety by parents, teachers and ministers. And drugs are still almost unheard of in St Andrews: Maybe she’d got hold of some magic mushrooms…Back home in London they were all the rage but here, in this backwater, there was little sign.


1960s music

This was the decade that changed pop music forever and The Ball Game is peppered with it: The Beatles, The Searchers, Cilla Black, the Dave Clark Five, Andy Williams, Cliff Richard, Del Shannon, The Batchelors… You can almost hear it as you read!

Mature Students

Another idea beginning to catch on in the 60’s and a peep ahead to the University Of The Air (early name for the Open University). Marjory is hoping to make up for her interrupted education at last.