For those of you who do not know, the Lochgelly belt (or tawse or strap) is a thick piece of leather, about 2 feet long and cut into 2 or 3 tails at the business end, and was used in schools in Scotland for corporal punishment.
I moved to Scotland with my family from England as a boy and can remember the first time I saw the belt being used. It was only one stroke but something caught my attention and I have been fascinated ever since.
I decided I had to try if for myself and so I deliberatly misbehaved, thereby earning punishment. I was called to the front of the class, told to hold my hands out and the belt, a Lochgelly H weight, came down on my hand and instantly warmed it up. It was only the one stroke this time, but more would come at other times.
I was only about 9 or 10 but I remember being excited by the whole situation and looked forward to the next time.
The belt was not used excessively at the school, so it was always a treat when it became necessary for it to be used. I remember 2 friends coming back to the classroom after being belted by another teacher. I'm not sure how many they had received but you could tell that it had been painfull by the way they tucked their hands under their arms. There always seemed to be a general interest when the belt was used, but I always found it exciting. That teacher was very good at giving a belting as I found out to my cost about a year later. After I had received a couple from him I really knew what getting the belt was all about. It just gave me more to look forward to the next time.
Now I am older, I wish that I had had more instances of being belted. I also wonder what it feels like to use a Lochgelly belt on someone else. I have tracked a few down over the years and sometimes I get them out and just look at them, sometimes even trying to use one on myself but that is not really very satisfactory.
Does anyone else share this fascination?