This week 60 years ago: Police raid Upper Holloway club and find ‘drinking in progress’

Islington Gazette: August 9, 1957. Picture: British Library

Islington Gazette: August 9, 1957. Picture: British Library - Credit: Archant

A policeman who tried to raid an Upper Holloway club was told: “Get back in the queue. I will serve you as quick as I can.”

The Highgate United Services Club, in Holloway Road, was so noisy that bosses didn’t even realise the raid was going on, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court heard.

Prosecutor R. Mays revealed the horrifying scene cops walked in on at 11.45pm. “Police found drinking in progress,” he said. “There was such a noise.”

It had been targeted for operating out of hours. The court heard most of its business came after nearby pubs closed. There were 109 people present when police arrived. Nine people were also arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Secretary Sidney Nabb told an officer once he realised the raid was taking place: “Yes, what can I say? You have caught us right at it. I must take the blame.”

Magistrate Frank Powell struck the club off the register for six months.