The dockers' club and the canteen were the social heart of the docks (along with the pubs, of course!).

The Dockers Sports, Social and Welfare Club on Welsh Back served food and drinks to Bristol Dock Labour Board employees (dockers or other staff) and their families. It also organised social trips to Weston Super-mare and Christmas parties for the dockers and their families.

The canteen was down on Prince Street, near to The Pen. It was open to dockers and other staff from the Bristol Dock Labour Board.

Listen to memories of community spirit, entertainment in the club, and pigeon-keepers in the canteen!

Membership card belonging to a former docker

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