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I too remember as a young boy ( 4 years old ).. must have been 1967/8 .. my father was a salesman and rented a suite as a show room to see buyers in .. had tressle tables with white tablecloths under which we hid whilst my father was seeing his customers.. remember the wooden revolving doors and the smell of old wood and alcohol.. and all the other salesmen selling their wares
Hi David Shelton. I think we were in the same classes (Mr Spain and Mr Mitchell). I remember your name and the other 3 you mention. One of the teachers used to call David ‘Hannen Swaffer’. I still remember some of the outrageously dreadful things these 2 teachers said and did! My name was Shelagh Suthard.
Hello everyone, I’m hoping someone may be able to help me trace a relative – Douglas Amos Collier who I believe lived at 65 Furze Croft, according to the 2003/2004 electoral register. Does anyone remember him? He would have been around 65 at that time.
Hi Patrick I have written a short biography of one of your former teachers at Hollingbury Court School. He was your French teacher who you refer to as “Col. Fiaro”, but in fact his name was Richard Augustus Faro. Typo? He taught at Dockenfield Manor School (Farnham) and later at Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School (Five Ashes, East Sussex) before moving on to Hollingbury. If you recall any details about Faro, or know whether he taught any other subjects there, or remember what he was like, do please contact me, as I am currently upgrading his biography. More information can be found on my website: http://www.skippershillmanorhousehistory.com (Prep School Life 1960s). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow, so much history, so sad that Watneys did not try to keep this building. My mum and dad were Landlords from 1976 to 1979. They were called Peggy and Derek, the place was refurbished a bit when they moved in. It was a very successful pub, so much so that my brother and dad used to have to bounce the door on Friday nights. There was also a Theatre on the first floor, called Brighton Actors workshop. We had quite a few celebrities visit. I was just twelve, but I remember Lionel Blair, he would be a regular.
I was a member of the team that produced and presented a weekly show: “Trend, by and for the teens and twenties.” This was in the late 60s. There were quite a few of us, but unfortunately, I cannot recall any names, except for a certain Michael Fabricant! Does anyone else remember this, or was also a member of the team?
I went to the dolphinarium as a child with my mum and sister. I remember Missy the dolphin and that I bought a little dolphin memento. I am glad to hear that the dolphins gained freedom.
I was baptised in this church in 1946, we lived with my Nan at the time in New England street opposite the Goods entrance where the bananas came in. Can remember my uncle saying about the big spiders that came with them. Have been back a few times but couldn’t get into the church, and the street were we lived has been flattened. It was a great community never locked your door, Nan would sit on a chair in the doorway. Good and sad memories.
I remember ‘Spats’. I think he became a trainee chef at Le Francais in Kemp Town. I wonder what happened to him. Also Uncle Bonnie (Bonnie Manzi?) running the Chinese Jazz Club on fridays. Used to go there with UJ (John Stafford) from Kemp Town. I remember UJ dying suddenly at a young age. He worked as a hospital orderly at Sussex County after a stint making bras at Keyser Bondor, was rather overweight and was often called out to attend the hospital in the middle of the night. Always thought that combination contributed to his early demise but he seemed dedicated to the job. Does anyone know what happened to Bonnie?
The Union Hall was used as a 24 hour centre by the Brighton Bank Holiday Project (Easter, Whit and August Bank Holidays) which had been set up late 60s to support the myriad lost youths floating around Brighton at Bank Holidays. There were sleeping centres elsewhere in particular London Road Methodist Church (can’t remember the others). The Bank Holiday Project was still going in 1975 (I had been one of the co-ordinators in 1974, before moving to Birmingham in the autumn of that year).
I remember having to go to a church meeting to get reapproval for its use for the 1974 Bank Holidays; my trepidation dissolved from the discussion with the “committee” who were delightfully humanitarian.
I have just read all the comments on this page, many of you mentioned photos that my brother was in. I know many of you by name from Mile Oak Revisited, and you being in school and the scouts with John. I should have posted last year. My darling brother John Cother passed away May of 2020 after a short but vicious battle with cancer. I was lucky enough to get to the UK December 2019 and meet up with our sister who now lives in Shoreham. We went to Eastleigh for a weekend and spent quality time with John. Trevor Cummings popped in with his lovely wife. Time does not erase the pain of losing a loved one. I miss my big brother every day.
Gosh, that’s me next to Steven Hamblin. And there is Miss Clothier and Mrs Palmer. I remember all the jokes about her and me when I was in her class (Huntley & Palmer?).
Steven, do you recall our adventures on the waste ground (bombsite?) behind the school?
Margaret and Susan Collison were the twins mentioned, they lived in Stanley Avenue, Mile Oak.
This is a message for Jacqueline Kareh from Lesley Pike…..I was just thinking about Kenton Court and thought I would look up info online and to my surprise found this page and mention of my name! Have very happy memories of the school and my time there….do message me as I remember you email@example.com
Hi to all the Brighton hippies. I believe I was in that photo, I had long blonde hair and I was with my friend Jan (tall with dark hair). I used to hang out with Chuck (real name Iain) and other Scottish guys, one was called Tex. I was called “little Val” I was a pseudo hippy because my parents lived in Brighton but I left home at 16 and moved in with a girl called Nicky Testa. My brother Tony Sinden was a friend of John Upton, alas he died some years ago in Greece. Lovely memories of the 60s.
I used to dance at the Chinese Jazz club every week with “Spats”, and also nearly lived at the Lorelai, lovely memories.
Hi Doreen, if you check the article on here labelled “Cornwall trip 1966 – Barbara Hepworth” I posted a photo I took of her in her gardens at St Ives on that trip as we had a visit to see her.
I,too had Ned Land as form master and geography teacher in 4a, but this was in the year 1953/54. At the time we were referring to him as ‘Yography’ in recognition of his pronunciation of the subject. He was a good and inspirational man who must have influenced me to choose geography as one of my A levels. The esteem felt by the form for their teacher brought about a collection to buy him a Christmas present in 1953 – a large slab of Stilton carefully and decoratively wrapped. He often mentioned local cheeses in his lessons, hence the choice of gift. I remember he was quite moved and grateful for the thought. Our collection probably did not run to the extent of including a bottle of port.
It has been some time since anyone posted to this excellent site and though I have mentioned several ex pupils before , I have neglected to mention William Bill White and John Smith. They were both in my class and after school we would all make our way to the Brighton public Library at the Corn Exchange and browse through their excellent collection of Janes all the World Aircraft. Both Bill and John were members of the Moulscombe Air Training corps, and I was a member of the Knoll School Squadron in Hove. Suffice to say we were all very interested in aircraft. My dad took us to Battle of Britain day at RAF Tangmere in 1953, and I wondered if anyone knows if either of them ended up in the RAF, or the aircraft industry as I did? I would love to know as time seems to be running out!
In the early 1950s many people would go to Dalton’s beach of an evening to swim perhaps 100 yards out to stand on a sand bank and chat. I learned to swim jumping off the Banjo groyne’s eastern side at high tide and dog-paddling a few yards to the end. Later in that decade I spent more time on Paston beach to meet students from the teachers’ training college. ‘Coffee’ the lifeguard seemed to fare better than any of us!
I am trying to find some information about my mother Jill Newman who was in a children’s home in Brighton in the 1930s, we believe it was run by nuns but have little Knowledge other than that. She would have been about 14 at the time, I do have a photo that my daughter kindly put onto the Brighton past web site, which has led us to St Martha’s convent. my mother came from a large family of 12 children, and was born in Matfield Kent in August 1925, sadly she is no longer with us. She never spoke of her childhood, the only information we had was from our father who may have got things a little muddled. I would love to find out more about my mothers childhood and how she ended up in the home or school, and why she was sent to Brighton when the family came from Kent. I would appreciate any help you may be able to give me. Thank you.
My mother, Grace Hall, attended St Margarets briefly in 1933, are there any records or photos relating to this time?
Just a few more names Angela Vaughan,Stephen Bourne,John Vaughan.I found a photo of à lot of us and have sent it to Admin.
Hi, just an update about Clive Vosper, my brother. He died on 6 August 2018. Prostate cancer.
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