In a recent speech, the Dean of Jersey said that he believed Islanders should follow the example of the King and give up alcohol for the duration of the war. King George V recently promised that the entire Royal Household would not take a drink until the fighting was over.
The Very Reverend Samuel Falle was speaking to members of the local ‘Catch-My-Pal’ society, a movement dedicated to abstinence and sobriety. Reminding them about the damage alcohol can cause to family life, he also posed the question whether it is right that Islanders should be indulging at a time of great national struggle.
Somewhat in contrast is news of a petition from the Jersey Licenced Victuallers Association asking for longer opening hours. In the early days of the war, the Lieutenant Governor reduced public house opening times by one hour to 9.00pm and then again to 8.00pm. The change has left many publicans struggling financially, with little prospect of summer season visitors this year to improve matters. In return for longer opening hours, the Association has offered to restrict sales of spirits to soldiers in uniform.
General Rochfort is considering the request.