Pitch and Toss
- For the uninitiated pitch and toss was a game where pennies were
tossed at a marker on the ground from a marked line. Money was
gambled on the outcoe and the nearest took all!
Fishermen had their own variation where they threw their knives at
the marked spot. The rules of the game depended on whether you came
from Buchanhaven, South Bay or Roanheads!!
The card school played a number of games according to Dad - even
poker! Had to be played in the hollows over the water as it was
illegal especialy on a Sunday. As the bridge was the only way across
they posted a look out for any signs of authority!
Always a Sunday as the boats at that time never sailed on the
Sanbbath - it was a great sight to see the fleet go out from the
harbour the back of Sunday - after midnight.
- I remember playing it as a young lad at the back o'the wash hoose but
we pitched the coin usually a 1/2 penny against the wall but then you
had to toss them, that was layin them on two fingers. canna mind the
rules but we learned a lot O' Bad? habits roond aboot that wash
hoose<bg> ye ken like turnin the handle to part dry the claes for yer