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Manor Farm Youth Club 1954

By Vic Bath

I wonder if there is anybody that recognises themselves, or knows anybody in the photograph. The photo was taken about 1954 at the Manor Farm Youth Club in Rock Street, Kemp Town, by Brian Marchant I think.

From memory, I can name in the photo:- Maureen Miles; Pamela? Bishop; Brenda Lord; Dorothy Tully; David Warne; Bob Meacham; "Shang" Maskell; Ronnie Crosswella; Terry Groves and myself of course, Vic Bath.

Perhaps somebody can add some more names and knows whatever happened to the club and any of the people in it. I lost touch with Brighton when I joined the RAF in 1958, got married, and settled in Oxfordshire where I still live.

Photo:Manor Farm Youth Club 1954

Manor Farm Youth Club 1954

From the private collection of Vic Bath

This page was added on 29/01/2007.
Comments about this page

I left school (Whitehawk Seniors) Summer of 1952 and moved to Peel Road roughly the same time, having lived at 55 Rugby Place throughout the War. I knew nothing of a Manor Farm Youth Club and probably would have been too shy to even consider it. But Brenda Lord is mentioned as being in the picture. I remember her from Rugby Place and being very attractive with long silvery blonde hair. I can't say anyone in the pic resembles her (they're all brunettes). She had at least two brothers. The girl dead centre front row looks like Gwen Harris, again from Rugby Place and Whitehawk Senior Girls. Her two brothers were Ralph and David.

By Brian Hatley (15/04/2010)

Thank you Brian for your comments above. Yes, one of the girls you named Gwen in the front row I certainly remember her name now. Brenda Lord is in the back row row on the far left end, with a white blouse, that is definitely her. She was a girlfriend of mine for a while, "going out" as we called it in those days. Yes, she had blonde hair, but the photograph does not show this, the lighting in the club, the scanning of the print, its transfer and its age could have had an effect on it.

By Vic Bath (26/04/2010)

Hi, as someone who is related to Maskells from Brighton I would be interested in knowing which bloke in the photo is "Shang" Maskell - thanks!

By MM (21/05/2010)

In response to MM's query above, "Shang" Maskell is the fellow in the second row, second from the right when looking at the photo, with a cigarette in his mouth. Next to me in fact, as I am on the end of that row.

By Vic Bath (23/05/2010)

Manor Farm - my dad's from there, Michael Winterbottom, and his brother Rod. Does anyone remember them?

By Michele Stevens (31/03/2013)

My mother was Violet Maskell, her father was George Maskell they lived in Upper Gardner Street.

By Carole Heath (09/04/2013)

The two lads top right in the photograph are Ronnie Crossweller and Terry Groves.

By Derek Greenow (14/10/2013)

That's correct Derek. I remember you from Maresfield Road, where we used to play 'Hot Rice'. I used to 'hang out there' in the early 50's along with your neighbours, Vic Standen (he nicknamed me 'Bowl') and the two you mentioned in your post. I lived in Sussex Square at that time. There was also in our 'click' Ray Faires, 'Mutton', and a few others whose names escape me at present. I now live in Oxfordshire, where I have been since being demobbed from three years in the RAF. I had to do National Service like a lot of us had to in those days. 

By Vic Bath (16/04/2014)

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