Forty years of stories from the world’s friends … and the return of activity to the beach is the most precious wish
The English left the game before the evacuation .. and an archive of black and white photos from the drawers to the phone’s memory
The glamor of women’s collections writes a new history for “Raquet”, the bride of the Mediterranean
Written by_Hind Raafat:
“Shatt Alexandria, Shatt al-Hawa, our soul. Alexandria threw us on the passion” … Fayrouz’s feeling and warm voice, together with the cheerful Rahbani tones that evoke feelings of freedom and liberty, are the best soundtracks for this beautiful scene, and even for the Alexandria summer in general.
A scene that requires continuous documentation of the happy times a group of friends spend with young hearts, even if their heads are stained, tracks that are repeated daily that none of them get tired of, and also not the followers of the beach goers who peek at them from time to time.
Fame and harmony is the title of that scene in which you keep yourself busy with the sea of Alexandria, men who look old and you feel the youthful vitality in them, who are good at swimming, playing backgammon and playing sports, and finally they come together in the tanning sessions that often end with the memories of rocket ball.
Years when the world witnessed playing rocket, despite the tasks, responsibilities and family life they could have taken away, but the rocket was able to reunite them on the shores of the globe.
It’s the most popular game on the beaches for many years. rhythm and speed of the ball’s circulation A professional way to play two, three and sometimes four players.
Therefore, the decision to stop playing rocket on Al Mamoura beach came two years ago as a big shock that destroyed the memories of the old years, and a feeling of losing a large part of their diaries and their most important hobbies lose.
Major generals who have reached retirement age in the military and police, holders of positions in large companies and banks, teachers, professors, athletes and others who have held prestigious positions in various sectors for many years are members of the company of the world that could fully perform their duties in addition to taking care of the journey of a lifetime and his company in which they take the time What is required of work, family and everything but their friendship, and they are also rocket experts sharing their experience and distinction in conveying the game to young people, an experience that goes beyond the idea of playing to the foundations and rules on which a sweet game is built. In a way that gives it a distinctive sound while playing, such as the sound of thunder or shooting.
The rocket game that the British occupation left before his departure, when the officers played it on the beach of Sidi Gaber in Alexandria, and the children watched them from afar. To play two rockets and a ball, these two sons Captain Haddad and Captain Nasr, may God have mercy on them, who are best known for playing rocket in Alexandria and even throughout the Republic, so they became the reason for spreading the game and practicing it on all the beaches of Alexandria.
Each beach has its own group that plays the game in summer and even in winter, and Al Maamoura is one of the oldest rocket ball groups to play the game for over 40 years, as the youngest player in it is over sixty. , the love for rocket still remains in their hearts and the desire and hope to restore their activity and their game alive between them.
A collection of photographs kept by the group as a private archive that not only tells the old days, but also the effects of the transformation of technology that began with a photographic archive in drawers and screenshots that became in the memory of cell phones were recorded.
Pictures that tell stories of the journey of a lifetime that began in the eighties and continues on the same beach, nothing has changed about it, even their place on the beach that never changes, so their general rules remain constant “love for life “”, “desire for happiness and departure” and insistence on overcoming any difficulty or worries about the “Safa session” between water and loved ones who have good faces.
And because it’s fun to play for everyone, Al-Mamoura Group referred to a groundbreaking and important experience in the beaches of Alexandria, which is a pure women’s team for Alexandria Rocket, founded by Engy Mukhtar, the daughter of one of the game’s flags in Stanley Beach, and it could attract a large number of women and girls, which was the reason for the spread and practice. The game is in a number of clubs, but it can not be overlooked that there is a group of women who have preceded the game and experienced the experience, but in the framework of individual efforts and games for more than 20 years.