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Yep, cool place. The Who definitely did a gig there around Tommy time and I think were supported by Quiver (the Sutherland Brothers ex-backing band). Not bad but preferred gig later at Assembly Halls, Worthing following Woodstock and day before Who’s next release. Of course, best value was 10 shillings in ’67 at Dome to see Who, Cream, Christian St Peters and Mindbenders. Did anyone else go to concert where MAN (Welsh band) played. They let off air war horn and hence I’m now with hearing aids. Yep, good times when you could see heroes in sensible small venues, not on screens.
Please! Someone must remember Mr K’s when it used to open Saturday mornings for kids/teens. Loved it, especially the lit-up floor!! I am 50 now so must of been very early ’80s. Also, Summertime Special came to the Level. Everyone was singing Day-oh!
To finish up on the names that I came up with: Top row from the left – # 3 Neville Thompson, #5 Jimmy Weaver, #7 Walter Willey. 2nd row down – #6 Jean Hazelgrove. And the last on that row is Tony Gibbs. 3rd row – #1 Rosemary Schooley, #3 Maury Barnes, #6 Pammy Carpenter, #8 Trevor Kelly, #9 Chris Baldy. And back to the front row to continue – #7 Freddie Streeter, #9 Billy Vinal and the last is John Jones.
I attended this school – here are a few names: Front row sitting from the left – Jimmy Streeter, Billy McWirter, Billy Crump and Terry Langford. I will recall other names later.
Just wondering if my 1985 Escort XR3i B599LUF was supplied new by Endeavour Motor Company as it originally came from Brighton? Still going strong, plus I have a replica Endeavour dealer sticker in the rear window.
I was a day boy in and around 1953 but I cannot remember anyone’s name from then. I was one of the only boys amongst a class of girls!
My uncle worked in Sainsbury’s in Station Road Portslade about the same time. I remember the slicing machine for the bacon etc and the butter mallets. No self service and quite a small shop with counter down one side I think.
I was at the school from 1947 to 1952 and knew Bill Brock well. I was in form 5b. I enjoyed the music class very much.
I remember the Balladtree in Brighton, somewhere around the Bond street area in the late 1950 and 1960’s. It was where the “ban the bombers” hung out. It was a good meeting place of its kind. I am trying to find the name of a cafe/coffee bar in Church Road, Hove (not Western Road), on the south side, in early 1960’s and probably longer. I do not think it was popular with youngsters but I do remember a group of businessmen would meet there. It was a favourite of mine and a group of friends. I thought I remembered as it being called the Continental, but think now that is mis-memory. May have been where Four Seasons is /was. Trying to write a novel of that time…
I remember seeing Simple Minds at the Top Rank suite. The speakers were so loud the floor was vibrating to the beat. The music that evening seems legendary in my memory. Earlier years I remember great times at the Saturday morning disco 💃 dancing to Motown songs like “Saturday Night at the Movies” by The Four Tops and lots of Gary Glitter back then. Also saw Supertramp there and I took a couple of photos of the lead singer’s jacket which was all lit up with bulbs. I remember seeing Steve Lewis who sang a bunch of Elvis songs, including “Hound Dog”. Wow! Good times!
I was at the school from 1960 to 1967. I remember a canvas swimming pool, which I think was shoe-horned into a courtyard somewhere. It was unheated and thoroughly unpleasant!
I’ve just stumbled across this fascinating thread. My parents, Ken & Sheila Bassett, lived at number 53 from the mid 50s to circa 1962 (by which time I’d arrived). From there we moved up to number 65 (downsizing), where my parents lived until the mid 80s. Shortly after we moved out of number 53, it was struck by lightning and I think the chimney came down into a bedroom. During the snows of 1963, a photo of my father’s Standard Vanguard was featured in the Argus, showing it driving past the racecourse.
What a great trip down memory lane! I was there from 1960-67 and still meet up with friends I met in my first year there. My first form teacher was Miss Pengilly in room 12. Who else reminds the lunchtime checks to see if you were wearing your ‘outdoor’ shoes? What a pressure for poorer families for a child to have 2 pairs of smart shoes. My three brothers, Bruce, Trevor and Stuart, attended the school too. In total our parents turned up for parents’ evenings for 19 years. My second form teacher was Mr.Armstrong who was on an exchange from Canada. Our form room was the biology lab which had a bucket of skinned frogs in one corner. Not a great accessory for any room. The next year, in room 3, we had Miss Harmer who instilled in me my love for the French language. Thanks to her I won the Junior French Prize. During our fourth year we persuaded Mr.Atkins to take us on a coach trip to see the new Coventry Cathedral. Seeing the altar of the destroyed building engraved with the words ‘Lest we forget’ was incredibly moving. Then we had Mr. Caruth in room 10. He introduced us to modern classics like Animal Farm, Brave New World etc. A group of us went to Preston Church to see his wedding to Miss Batt. We went to his/ their house to make the soldiers’ jackets for ‘Mother Courage’. People are often surprised at the plays Westlain school produced; not a Shakespeare in sight. Lots of other great memories keep popping up, like the first inter-house drama competition. My house, Wolstonbury, won with a melodrama called “Hiss the Villain’. Great piano playing from Pete Hardcastle, a fellow alumnus of Lower Bevendean Primary.
Myself and my twin sister Sarah Rhys and our older sister Caroline were at St. Martha’s from 1958. I looked after ‘the little ones’ with Sr Jan Elizabeth in my last term there. Still friends with Sandra Peacock if anyone remembers us. Fond memories of Sr Mary Pauline, and teacher Miss Anderson.
I lived in that YMCA house from 1969 to 1973.
I used to go to Carden Avenue school in the early ’60s. I lived at High Park Farm on top of Ditchling Beacon.
I have recordings of programmes in the early days and mainly involving music and quizzes with the late ‘gentleman’ Jim Parr. One interview with my wife and I recorded at home (about SEAFORD Young Musicians) was only possible because Jim’s lovely wife watched our 2 children because they were in the bath! Remember warmly Roland Myers’ programme with his nemesis ‘Gatwick’. I was also on the station’s education panel, and did an OB from Hastings and our twin town in Germany, and a link up with Radio Lancashire. Will contact The Keep about my recordings! As Town Crier of SEAFORD I took part in the opening of Radio Sussex (the first time!) at Eastbourne’s Arndale Centre with Patrick Moore,
I went to Fitzherbert 1956-61. My name was Teresa Scrase. If there was a reunion I would love to go though it may be difficult getting there in the near future. My teachers were, I think, Sister Augustine, Mr. Isaacs and Mr. Crowley. I remember Miss de Mohun and Mr. Liddell. Mr. Ivory, the headmaster, lived in a flat on the top floor. I remember getting the cane and detention often as I’m sure most pupils did, I can’t say I’m traumatised by it. It probably wasn’t a great school by today’s standards but I suspect it was of its time. I remember Helen Netley and Cavan Butler who have posted here. Also Frances Waldek. I remember how sad I was when Theresa Bliss died in a house fire. She wasn’t in my class but our brothers were friends. Many of the other names people mention are familiar, Peter Guy being one. A beautiful black girl joined us for a while in the third year, Renee someone. Her long hair was so black there was a blue hue to it. Anyway I hope there will be a reunion when we can all travel again.
Hello there. Does anyone know what year Monsieur Behar left the school? Also, did he had olive skin? Weird questions, I realise, however on doing some family research his name has come up!
My father was Spike Bremner. He played for a few teams. Streatham one of them. Always looking for old memorabilia x
Great page,thank you all.My grand mother,was an only child.Do not know her parents name’s.She was Jessie Rolf,orginally with a ‘e’.Correspondence from trenchs during ww1,for obvious reasons the “e”was dropped.I know of her living in Bosses Gardens and marrying Jim(James)Avery.They ended up living at Norwich Drive Bevendean.She had a lot of cousins all involved in the fishing trade.As a widower her mother remarried an Austin and lived in Islingword Road area. happy to chat 07754591474.
Could this be the Glee Club? My Great Grandfather Horace Light (a tailor) and his twin brother Alwin were both members of the Preston Park Glee Club (about 1900).
I’m clutching at straws! Done everything! Ernest Thomas Adrian Marsh is a Grandad I never met? My info is… He was in Desert Rats. 8th Army. 4th Division. I believe he could of been with one of 3 brothers. One possibly captured in Italy? Other maybe different surname which I believe was “Freeman”? He lived in Bounds Green. Wife was Florence, my Nan whom I did meet but she was quite a character and I never was old enough to ask questions. Number is 07706699107.
An Interesting article,as a child 7 years old visiting relatives in Brighton, I remember how fascinated I was by how fast the trolley buses seemed to go up the hills in Brighton compared to some other vehicles.As for environmentally friendly , town planners and this government should be taking serious notice and bringing them back into service.
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