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Hi Marilyn – yes Paul also shared the top room in the Mermaid and died of a drugs overdose in London in 1967. Geone / myself and Betty / Brian were ‘items’ and we followed them home to Swansea at one point. Except for Betty we all returned to Brighton at different times. They had the back room on the top floor, and you were right that Bruce and Kathy lived there but she didn’t have a baby at that point. They separated and Bruce died in a drowning accident in Copenhagen Harbour round about 1980. Kathy had a baby with Ginger Bob and they lived in a basement at the top end of St Michaels Place before both going to live in her home town of Darlington (Jenny above links). I left home in February 1966 with Brian Rossiter, spending time in Manchester and Birmingham, but we arrived in Brighton in different years (circumstances!). People followed one another down here, staying for variable lengths of time. I followed Peter Rafferty and Cowboy (Kevin Grant) came later – indeed with Brian Rossiter all four of us were at school together. Last thought – this string had a lot of memories of Mrs Smith but I always found her to be a religious obsessive and for that reason never had much time for her.
I was born in 1938 and lived in Mayfield Crescent then Highview Way Patcham until 1954. I recall the Hollingbury estate being built with some ex-German POWs employed there. The Hollingbury Industrial Estate was built in the ’50s with, I think, Underwoods factory being the first erected at the Western end close to the junction with the main road which crossed the Ditching Road further on then down into Moulsecoomb and the Lewes Road. Later, trolleybuses No – 46 / 26 were introduced which ran to a roundabout South of the Industrial Estate
Does anybody remember working at Newhaven docks in 67/68. Shifting all those boxes of tomatoes etc? Standing in line waiting to get picked for work. Not sure how I got there each day, must have been on the bus.
My mother always called Macdonald Hobley ‘Val Hobley’ as one of his names was Valentine. He was born in Port Stanley in the Falklands. His father, the Reverend Charles Hobley, apparently accepted the post in the Falklands thinking it was in the north of Scotland. I think he had a bit of a shock when he found out where it was!!!
I think he had two sisters called Penny and Twopence, at least that’s what my Mum called them – may have been nicknames!
Hi Martin. Did your brother, Ian, see my earlier post of 01 January? Only the comment about ‘a tangled web’ was actually something I know he would have related to and have been able to complete the phrase, as he was made to recite it virtually every day in the 6th Form … which is why I included my email address. Perhaps you could ask him and suggest he emails me?
Did you ever work at Mallory Batteries, Manor Royal, Crawley in the early 70’s?