During my time at the boys grammar school I attended, I had several canings and slipperings from age 14 to 18. My first one was when I was 14 years old, my last one was when I was 18 on my last day at school. On the final day of term I was caught out of bounds and in a public house drinking beer. This was to be a 12 stroke caning on my bare backside for the two offences.

Straight after lunch, I was called to the headmaster’s study. On arriving outside his study, there were five other boys queuing. After asking them, they were all there to be caned. They varied in age from 11 years old to 17 years of age. They found it amusing that I was to get 12 strokes while they were to get six each. What I hadn’t realised was that we were to be caned in front of each other, and I was to be last.

Two 11 year olds went first, then a 12 year old, followed by a 15 year old, then the 17 year old, then myself.

Each of us in turn had to strip off our trousers and underpants, bend over a chair and be caned. The 15 and 17 year olds also got slippered for wearing the wrong coloured underpants. They got four whacks each with a size 10 plimsoll.

It was embarrassing for me at 18 to get my caning in front of the younger boys, but I took my 12 strokes well, although I nearly stood up after the fifth stroke. It took over 2 weeks before the stripes disappeared completely.