Looking back in time: Rum Point

Rum Point as viewed from the pier (1966). - Photo: George Nowak

Everyone talks about the ‘good old days’ when times were simpler. Take a look at this picture from yesteryear and see if you can spot places, people and scenes you recognise.

Rum Point (1966)
It seemed timely to publish this picture — kindly submitted by George ‘Barefoot Man’ Nowak — considering the recent news that Rum Point is presently closed for business.

Like so many other structures that have gone through numerous facelifts over the years, or have been completely razed to make way for more modern facilities, Rum Point started out as a very simple building with no air-conditioning and basic amenities. The pier/dock was also typical for its time — good enough for boats to tie up and guests to walk along, but not something you’d want to test under the wheels of anything heavier.

Rum Point has always been a haven for locals on the weekends. When my family moved here in 1975, we quickly learned that a boat trip into North Sound with stops for snorkelling and freediving for conch was a Sunday ritual. We would then go on to Rum Point and spend the rest of the day there, relaxing under the casuarina trees and eating our freshly marinated catch.

They truly were magical times, and seeing this picture brings all the memories flooding back.

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Although the venue has been modernised since then, the owners have kept its Caribbean flavour intact. And, of course, there are the glorious, iconic mudslides that still feature on the menu.

I’ll be booking a visit there when Rum Point reopens.

If you have some old photos that you’d like to submit, we’d love to see them to consider them for publication. Be sure to include the credit for the image and any information you have about it. Email to [email protected].

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