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The ex minesweeper was the Regency Belle. I was the helmsman and was an AB in the Merchant Navy then. The Captain’s name was Greenalgh and he was a gentleman. We did cruises from the West Pier. Very popular. We went aground once with the sea abeam. Lot of passengers were sick. I stood in the bows and eventually caught a heaving line thrown from the pier. We got alongside the pier on the east side and the passengers quickly escaped. That was about August 1952. I have a photo of the crew. At night we berthed at Newhaven. Great days! I remember the Anzio well. Think the skipper was Jack Nye,wore yachting cap and striped t shirt. Bob Pelham.
I remember the old West End Cafe when it was a wooden building.I used to help Joe Hawkins with his boats in the 1960s.
I’m the youngest of the Steer family, Julia and I were brought up at number 86 until we had to move for the houses to be pulled down and the flats to be built. By then my 3 sisters had left home and I moved back to live in the new flats with mum and dad. They both continued to live there until their passing. I have happy memories of playing in the street growing up, lots of other families and kids my age. One of my closest friends still to this day is Linda Sweeney who lived there with her sisters and brother. I went to West Hove infants and juniors and Knoll School for girls.
I am doing research on the first women mayors before 1939 and have some info on Miss Hardy, as below. I would be very interested in sharing info, particularly on her family origins which are somewhat unclear.
MARGARET JANE HARDY (1874-1954) [Miss] *Mayor of Brighton 1933-34 Born Brighton 18.3.1874. 1891-1911 living with her widowed mother Leah Caroline (b Llanelly, Brecon 1833-1915) on private means with a servant. Council March 1928- [with support of NCW] (1944- ). Re-elected Hollingbury ward 1931 and 1934 without a party label. Alderman 1934-. JP (1922). Board of Guardians (1922). MBE for nursing services in France during the First World War. Well-known for her social work especially amongst the young. ‘Identified with the many women’s movements in the town’ Prominent Liberal and Free Church activist, especially the Baptist Women’s Movement. 1922-3 President of the National Free Church Women’s Council (or Women’s Auxiliary 1922; Preacher). Died 10.12.1954. She established a charity to help needy members of the congregation of Florence Rd Baptist Church.
The Warren Farm referred to was the ‘Industrial School’ which was part of the Brighton workhouse system. It was located on the high downland east of Brighton in what is now the western part of Woodingdean suburb. Plenty about it on this site.
My dad was telling me about this, this afternoon. He was a judge at one of the shows and it was on Hove Lawns, as my dad recalls.