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I have just finished reading William Brock’s book which was fascinating. I was at the school from 63 to 71 and it bought back so many memories. For instance, I was in Switzerland when Mr Playll was hit by the tram. Although not actually in the 1970 production of “Pirates” I recorded the show for selling copies to the families to help raise funds. If anyone is interested, I still have the recording and more than happy to share (at no cost)! As I say, a great book.
I was wondering if anyone had any information About the Home From the late 1960s. I hope someone has photographs to share or videos. It would be so good to see the old days.
My name is Mary Aryee I also went to kenton court in the 1960’s. I was the only black girl I can remember there. I don’t remember much but I do remember where the dining room and the tuck shop were. I remember I used to cry a lot after I got a visit from my parents. I also remember going down to the pond to catch tadpoles. I later left to Ghana as my parents were going back.
Hi Alex, Just spotted your reply – well done.
I lived in Mackie Avenue 1940 to 1954. Clock tower was a great meeting place.
What an amazing story interesting and gives a real insight into what life was like for the wrens during this time.
Thank you. Helen.
Tony Simmonds suggested the bomb that hit the viaduct bounced over the houses, in fact the bomb landed on Campbells dairy, travelled on through the lounge window of 2 Argyle Villas out through the back bedroom and hit the underside of the viaduct. I was inside the house aged 2 and although I do not have any memories of it happening, it is well documented as told by my uncle Reg who was also in the house, apart from me and Reg there was also my brother Neville, brother Geoff about 10 days old, my mother and my nan. None of us were injured and were taken in by Mr & Mrs Walmsley in Ditchling Rise. The family never returned to No 2 Argyle Villas which when repaired became the offices of Davey & Son.
To Dr Geoffrey Mead and David Simkin, Thankyou for the information regarding the studio. I have a photograph of a wedding taken there. This is a great site and without your help I could never have found the information, it helps flesh out the bones of my family tree Thank you once again.
My grandfather was C.T Hammond (Charles Thomas Hammond) who owned the model shop on West Street Brighton. I’m so happy to have read this. Thank you. 🤗
I went to school with Tony Lago who has written two messages above. The school was St John the Baptist then changed to Fitzherbert over in Woodingdean. Also Tony is a relative of mine on my dads side he might remember being told about the Sullivan’s from Wandsworth London.
Around that time btw refers to Bill Hall’s comment regarding 1959-1961.
My parents Kate Goss and John Jauncey were also journalists on the Argus around that time. I was born in 1961. Does anyone remember them? They have both been dead a long time now..
I worked at this cinema in the early 1990’s when it was the 3 screen ABC. The manager was Mr Ruby. There was a kiosk attendant named Gladys (I think) who was working there when they filmed the East St riot scene in Quadrophenia 1978…. she thought it was an actual riot and called the police!
Does anyone remember The Shadows performing in the Blue Gardenia not with Cliff Richards but on their own. I didn’t see them I was too young at the time had to be eighteen so spent most my time down stairs in the Whisky also remember when Harvey Holford was put in prison for murdering Christine and It was his mum that was on the door of the Whisky .Also I remember a half hour programme on the television about the Whisky, they said it was a den of iniquity all there was a juke box and a bar with soft drinks like all the teenage places to go.
I think the girl seated second from the right is my mother-in -law Anita Wilkins probably aged about 7-8 in 1949.Jane Prior.
Hi- E.Humpheys, the ‘black rocks’ that are often commented on may be just covered in dark weed, I hold to my view in the 2017 reply above yours. There are patches of dark grey, chalk platform rock further east along the coast, but these would not provide a name for Black Rock Down above the present named site.
I seen to remember that it was said that the gas did not explode because it needed to have oxygen or normal air where the bomb hit but the gas cut out the chance of fire.
I’m 2nd row, 2nd girl right in stripey jumper. I recognise many of the names. Michael Strong lent me a ‘Mr potato Head’. Alan Maskell was a neighbour when we lived in Wiston Close.
Hi Ken, I looked on the 1946 Brighton Bombing Map and it seems like three bombs hit the gas works area and one a direct hit, of course it was a legit target…………. its a surprise that no damage was done!
I lived in Woodingdean and would go to The Regent on a Thursday and Saturday night. When it ended I would run down North Street to get the bus at the bus stop near electricity house,but quite often would get a lift home on the back of a scooter that was driven by boys also living in Woodingdean also Mods.
I currently live at the Marina and after many walks over to the beach where access to the undercliff path restarts on the East side, I concluded that the name black rock must have come from the very obviously black rocks on that beach, which show at low tide and are full of rock pools. I thought this was likely because it’s such a visual contrast to the endless sea of pebbles on the main beach.
I was a mod in 1960 when I was eighteen.Does anyone remember the long pointed toe shoes. My friends and I would go up to London on a Saturday when we needed new shoes and we would go to Battersea park road to get our shoes made. We would catch the early morning train from Brighton to Clapham Junction then a bus to Battersea. We would order what long pointed shoes we wanted and they would be ready by lunchtime .They actually made them in about 4 or 5 hours. They cost £3.10shillings a pair which equivalent to £3.50 now! that was a lot of money for us about half our weekly wage. We would stay in London to go to the Lyceum or Locarno dancehalls and then get the early morning train back to Brighton.
I met Roger Marlers sister Janet when we left hospital at 3 years of age, having had pneumonia. We shared a taxi and she gave me my first Beano comic. We met again at Carden Road school, at 5. Her birthday is April 7 mine is April 10.
Does anyone remember Harrison’s pub on the seafront on the corner between Ship Street and Pool Valley? Also Chatfields bottom of West street? Both pubs were known as dives but it didn’t stop us going in them in the late 50s and early 60s.My brother used to come down from London and if he saw me out he would grass me up to my mum and dad but only as a joke bless him he’s not with us anymore. Also I used the Belverdere, next to Fortune of War,when we were on the beach.
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