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I was a dedicated loco-spotter in the ’50s and we used to sit on the brick wall at the top of the hill opposite Brighton Loco Works looking down on the sheds and the station and works. Quite a dangerous location as the other side of this wall was a cliff approximately 60 ft high. When I left Brighton to start my apprenticeship at Vickers=Armstrongs near Weybridge, the standard Class 4 2-6-4 Tanks were up to about 8oo6?. They were “Pulled” out of the works by the little A1X 0-6-0 tank engine and distributed all over the country, hence so many of the class that are preserved.
This was my paper route from 1963-1965, 13 -15 years old. Morning papers and evening Argus 6 days and Sunday morning papers. Tough way to earn 15 shillings. I lived on Ashdown Road off roundhill Crescent.
You won’t know how glad I am to find this site! I am hoping someone will stop me going totally round the bend trying to remember a particular fact about Westlain. I was only there for two years (1959 – 1961) and since my father was in the army I attended other high schools. My only clear memory of a member of staff was Mrs Swann as she was my form teacher and the best cookery teacher I ever had. Does anyone remember the names of the four houses? I think two were Lewes and Arundel but for the life of me I cannot recall the other two. I Will keep my fingers crossed that someone can save what little sanity I have left.
Hi Alan yes I remember you glad to know there are still some of us around I remember you came back to a pad I was living in it was the size of a cupboard just get a bed in it.You told me you would rather sleep on the beach ha.I was sad to hear that Monk died a while ago good mate of mine.I am still in Brighton and I often walk past subway how diff it is there now,of course a guy was mentioning blues jim on here.I saw him the other day he still rides his bike in his 80s now.Great memories union hall and him on the piano take care mate.
I used to work at Plummer Roddis in 1971 on the make-up counter, my first full-time job. I remember the store lift, a bouncy affair, with bright brassy concertina type door. The lift operator, yes that was his job, always had difficulty stopping the lift in line with the shop floor! You used half your lunch break negotiating your way through the Fawlty Towers type stairs and passageways to the staff room. I earned very little there, but remember giving half my salary on a weekly basis to a shop called Maggs, which was somewhere opposite, near the cinema (now Waitrose) until I could finally pay for and own the most beautiful purple satin trouser suit.
What a great place this was, I used to travel down from Derby to see a friend who lived in Brighton, well Hove actually! We used to eat there, it was like nothing else we had in Derby at the time, 1979 – 1981 have some fotos somewhere of me standing against the menu box outside, great times.
Blues Jimmy’s name was Jim Daniels. He was a splendid full-on singer, harp and piano basher. Jim certainly didn’t need a microphone. Got to know him well in the early 70s. Nice bloke. Nice to know he’s still around.
I remember Uncle Bonnie Manzi and his Chinese Jazz Club at the Aquarium on friday nights. Saw Little Walter, T Bone Walker and Champion Jack Dupree there. Earl Hines played there once. I remember seeing Steampacket with Rod the Mod – very smart he was. Jazz band regulars included Monty Sunshine, Ken Colyer and Spencer’s Rhythm Kings who were very accomplished and very funny. I can still remember their extraordinary rendition of ‘Abe My Boy’. Does anyone know anything about Bonnie’s post jazz club years?
We used to have our annual school prize giving at the Old Town Hall. Douglas Bader was the special guest one year and told us to have the next day off. There were loud cheers until the headmaster intervened to say that anyone absent the next day would be in trouble. I also went to a blues and folk concert there with Jesse Fuller top of the bill. I recall the Byrds and the Stones also played there. It was a fine old building. I have always considered its replacement to be an eyesore.
I am so happy to have found this page. I used to visit Open when I was a young teenager, I loved it, I do remember Bruno and some of the other people. I have been looking and looking for photos online, I haven’t found anything so far, there really should be something on the www about those days. I heard Pete Deadman’s history of Infinity, and his stories about Bruno, I was at the Reading festival helping to serve food before they opened the first shop. In the mid seventies I visited the Pudding Shop in Istanbul and it really reminded me of Open! After that in 78 I moved to St Michaels Place and so I remember Cripes as well. I would so love to see photos of Open, if there are any, my first experience of that culture!
Chris from Littlehampton. I remember you, duffel coat, long hair (who didn’t) I put you up once October 1972 at 4 Hollingdean Road. then you got a tiny pad on St Michaels Place, then somewhere better, Rock Gardens area I think. and you got respectable, started working and that. Its got to be the same feller. I used to hang round the subway with Mrs Smith. I knew Geordie (girl) she beat me up once, sadly missed. I was Sean’s mate. I been stuck in this coal mining village since 1976
Blond Alan from Sheffield
I lived at 6 Tisbury Road from 1948 to 1953, just opposite the Town Hall. On Sunday, the tune was always ‘O Worship the King’. I think each day of the week had its own tune. Saturday was, as I recall, ‘The British Grenadiers’. ‘Men of Harlech’ was certainly another.
Does anyone remember the stamp shop, quite near the Church Road end, on the same side as the town hall? I used to buy quite a few here, not always genuine, as I recall. The other place for stamps was the bookshop/stationers Combridges on the south side of Church Road between The Drive and Fourth Avenue. They had big albums you could browse through and buy stamps individually.
I used to live at 6 Tisbury Road, alongside the old Town Hall from 1948 to 1953. In the early 50s, when I had a few pennies, or even just two (saved from walking instead of taking the No 1 or No 6 bus along Church Road to St Christopher’s School, half-way along New Church Road), I would go to Gamleys, only about 50 yards away over on the opposite corner of Church Road. There I could buy Bayko bricks for my Bayko building set, my favourite toy. Bricks were one penny each with a farthing purchase tax added. Purchase tax seemed very unfair to a small boy at that time. After the coronation, I was given a proof set in a plastic folder of the new QEII coins. I wish I had kept it! Instead, it was over the road to Gamleys to buy some more Bayko. My parents were not impressed.
I am almost certain that fourth row third from left is my elder brother Mick Spicer !
Hello Sue ,
I will try to work out how to upload the photo tomorrow as it doesn’t seem obvious ! On the back of the photo it just says “Sussex Daily News!”
I knew the daughter of the owners of this hotel. She was Edith Pay, a pupil at Varndean Grammar School for girls and an excellent cricketer. Her parents took her to Fremantle in Australia in 1952-3 and I never heard from her again. However, I recall sitting on the stairs with her and playing records, including Donkey Serenade sung by Alan Jones(?).
Shame nothing has been posted about this school since 2008! I have just learnt from Worthing Gazette of Wed 1/3/1939 P.6 that my Aunt Ada Mary Luckins was headmistress there and had to deal with a tragic death of a child who fell in the school porch. Another child Rita Maud Loveland of Newland Road said the child was not pushed. Anybody got anything else to tell me about the school and my Aunt.
Many years ago I did a ‘Brighton Theatres’ walk for an exhibition at the Museum for the 200th birthday of the Theatre Royal. I have some notes from then about the various theatres in New Rd and the site of the Paris shows this- May 1848 a music hall 1863 Oxford Music Hall 1867 fire at the Oxford 1868 rebuilt 1892 renamed Brighton Empire Then as listed in Dereks post above. Music halls often suffered fires, they were full of people, often smoking, they were constructed with wood and fabric scenery and unlike theatres could serve ‘drink’ in the auditorium . A mainstay of the halls income was selling hot food, invariably baked potatoes cooked on charcoal ‘wheelie bins’. The food could be eaten or thrown at bad acts. Add together a mass of people, smoking, flammable materials , hot coals and alcohol!….fire!
Nick Saved my life after being seriously ill with septic arthritis in my hip I spent 4 months in hospital Royal Sussex level 9 in 1981. He gave me the insiration to become a nurse and try to give back something. I owe him so much and I hope his family understand how well thought of he was. RIP Sir Nick.
To Carol-Lynn Rye. I would love to see the photograph (if it can be uploaded on here?) or at least the name of the newspaper and date of publication. My late Dad, Grandparents and Great Grandparents were all living in this road too. Thanks, Suzie.
Just to put the record straight – the Eastern Terrace garden was developed with money from the production of the film the End of the Affair. The money was paid to a residents group as compensation for us not parking in the area during filming. Subsequently Eastern Terrace Garden Fund was set up and is still run by the residents.The garden was not used by the film company or filmed as it was in a poor state.
I am really going to test anyone who can remember when Boots along western road had a tea room/restaurant where in the afternoon an orchestra of women played music. I was 9 when taken by an aunt, they played I tort I tor a poody tat. Perfect child language.
According to ‘The Encyclopaedia of Brighton’ the name changes for the Paris were as follows:-
1905 Coliseum Theatre. 1907 Court Theatre. 1909 The building was converted to a cinema. 1947 Dolphin Theatre. 1952 Her Majesty’s Theatre. 1955 Paris Cinema.
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