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Does anyone remember the west pier angling club? Many happy times fishing at weekends there,the man who had the bait shop on there bought in our orders Sat and Sunday,I was lucky to catch many flounders,I remember Daphne who served us cups of tea when we nipped into cafe to warm up, I did all my courting here then married and moved away ,we had 52 years together. We watched from afar the first break down of the pier and the fires,we were so sad and upset.
Hi, I worked at Harrimonds in the office upstairs back when I was a teenager, in about 1969 used to get up about 6-15am to get ready and walk down to Preston circus to catch the work coach that picked us up there. at about 7-15am. Clothes for Marks and Spencer were made there from what I can remember, nice place to work. Gill
I went to see THE WHO in 1967 at The Dome, Brighton, I was 14 they smashed up their expensive electrical equipment, drum kit etc, at the end of the gig ,scaring us all sparks everywhere, put me off them for good, especially when us kids would have given the earth just to own a simple guitar or drum kit, sheer waste!!
I remember Ms Tugwell, nice lady. I believe she took over from Mr Shepherd. I think I was there around 1960 to 1965(ish).
Hi, I went to Fitz Herbert from 1970 to 75 my name is Brad Holloway, good times if you remember me e mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org like to contact Christos Michael, Pete Molloy.
My family moved to Carden Hill in 1947, and as the Hollingbury council estate was still being constructed. we used to play on the building sites. Climbing ladders on to scaffolding. In the piles of sand, that were used by the bricklayers in their mortar, we built sandcastles and fashioned roads for our toy cars to ‘drive’ along. Seemingly unconstrained by issues of health and safety, we Hollingbury kids, used the estate as our playground. When we tired of playing football in the street, ( In those days our games would only, and rarely, be interrupted by an occasional car.) we would wander up to the Hollingbury golf course and play on, as it was then widely known, the Roman Camp. Does anybody else remember it by this name?
Just seen this thread. When I was at Hove Grammar School for Boys I used to fly C/L with Neil Tidey (Laser Engines) and Baz Bumstead (C/L Combat winner). After school on a Friday we used to go down to Arthur Mullett’s to buy our model stuff including engines. This must have been in the very early 1960’s or late 1950’s. I was then introduced to Harry Brooks by Baz and I ended up building Harry’s Reb fuselages for him, including the one he flew in the 1962 World Champs. I also cut out some of the bits for Reb kits. After university, I saw Harry quite a bit at his shop in Portslade because my parents also lived in Portslade. I ended up buying one of his R/C build yourself a Tx & Rx – Called HB. It was really a SprengBrook but you made it yourself. Never had a glitch with it and it went on for some years. I also bought a Merco 61 from Harry and I still have it today. I have recently run it and it ran very smoothly. I am now thinking of building a Reb and putting the Merco in it for Classic Aerobatics.
Wow Terry this brings back a few memories Been living in Fareham for 30 years go back to Brighton occasionally what a change.
To All who attended Moulsecoomb Secondary 1969-74 I taught English at the school. I have received and read some very nice things ex pupils have said about me !! Thanks especially to Paul Clarkson, Sandra Harris, Andrew Deacon and John Summers and Toni Villiers. Sandra and John kindly sent me some old photos. Unfortunately I lost them due to a serious malfunction of my iPad. Any chance you could resend them ? Any further info from anyone else reading this would be most welcome. Pls use my email: email@example.com Kind Regards to all….. Jon
Answering to John Maguire Does anyone have any details on David Bentley who was a ringmaster with Billy Smart?
He is connected to my family tree please feel free to message me firstname.lastname@example.org
When around 12-13 (1976-7), I used to be part of the weekly invited audience for the live Saturday morning children’s programme ‘All Yours’ (possibly ‘It’s All Yours’) on Radio Brighton, with various invited guests (Patrick Moore, Clive Dunn, Raymond Briggs, etc.). This seems impossible to Google for, so I was wondering if anyone had any memories of this or links to relevant sites? Thanks!
I spent my honeymoon here in 1970 and Dora and her family would come into the restaurant and she would always say Hello, It was silver service and we had afternoon tea served all with silver plate tea service. Was very Sophisicated , still got the bill receipt.
I was a tour guide on the West Pier from 1997-2002 and a Brighton West Pier Trust member-and still am-a member. There is a deal of confusion and mis-information about the pier in this city and there needs to be some clarification about some of the comments above. The West Pier was nothing to do with the local authority it was-is- the property of the Brighton West Pier Trust; as such the local authority only provided the various planning permissions needed to facilitate the reconstruction of the pier. The restoration was due to start with adequate funding from a range of sources, principally the National Heritage Lottery Fund and a major leisure developer with additional help from smaller contributors. The disastrous arson attacks on the pier effectively destroyed it. The NHLF cannot fund a rebuild, only a restoration and thus overnight something like 50% of a £30M+ project was withdrawn as English Heritage could no longer support the scheme. The ‘ugly metal skeleton’ referred to above is now the most imaged building in the city after the Royal Pavilion. The construction of the pier from 1864-66 was a testament to Victorian engineering as it was never intended to be removed and it would cost many millions of pounds to do that.
Wow!! just idly looking as it is my 60th this weekend. I was at Westlain between 1970 and 1976. It became comprehensive in my third year when we were selecting our O Levels.I Remember not being allowed to do Drama as I was from Westlain and not Stanmer – ironic as ended up being a Drama Teacher. Key teachers for me were: Miss Mullinger, Mr. Skull, Mrs Allabone, and later Mrs Davies and Mr Smith both of whom helped me through very difficult personal time. Worse part was Mrs Berry who having found in 1976 that I was living with a young man – ex Westlain pupil told me I either had to get married or leave. I left! Be great to catch up with anyone – Amanda Redman went to Westlain Grammar.
I am looking for a chaplain Allan John Bowens who was at the Brighton hospital.
I was born there with my twin sister in 1942 can you imagine middle of a world war and then Mum had to go home to a cottage with no running hot water and an outside lavatory !!! No TV washing machine no fridge or freezer !!! The picture shown was not the Hospital that was at the top of Gloucester Road now gone !!
The maternity hospital was at the top of upper gloucester road and not the building shown I and my twin sister were born there in September 1942. I didn’t know it had been a school previously !! Can you imagine middle of a world war and then Mum had to go home to a cottage no running hot water and an outside lavatory !!!
I met Reg when he was working as a TV engineer at Scotts radio which was based at 63 London Road Brighton. I can recall the huge aerial mast on the roof. I was a trainee radio and TV engineer at the time.
I was a Policeman at Tottenham Court Road Police Station from 1959 to 1962. He lived in Cleveland Street. I remember him leaving his flat and walking down Cleveland Street to get the tube from Goodge Street t o go to the races. Always a colourful charector. Ted Liddle P.c 172 C.
The toy shop in preston street was called John Taylor toy shop.
Ann, There is a very reminiscent view of the old Boundary Road Coop Shop front, along with a number of other views, on the Hove in the Past website at: http://hovehistory.blogspot.com/search?q=boundary+road.
I also worked at Machinery Publishing from 1963 to 1964. I was fifteen and this was my first job processing the subscriptions that came in by post for the magazine. I took the post around every morning and had a big crush on a young man called Angus. Mr Kennard was always nice to me and I took his coffee in every morning. I was very good at art and did apply for a vacancy in the art department but was told I was unsuitable as I was a girl ! I was trained on their switchboard which then encouraged me to apply to the Post Office as trainee telephonist, this started my career and then I trained as a secretary and eventually became a PA for a multi national.
I have just read Danny Osbornes comments about the West Pier from away back in 2007 to be perfectly honest I think it should have been saved. I have fond memories of it in the 1960’s before I moved up to Scotland as a young kid. I was often on it, I remember petrol go-karts on a oval track at the beach-end entrance and there were 2 shops either side selling rock sweets and tourist stuff, buckets and spades etc. It was a disgrace that it was never rebuilt after the fire damage Brighton Council should be ashamed to be honest, it was such a iconic building. To make matters worse they have left the remains of an ugly metal skeleton in the sea as a Dangerous eyesore. Councillors must be the same everywhere they lack common sense and judgement and would rather waste money on useless other things which are of no use to the local community. I have a picture of the old West Pier in all it’s glory on my living room wall as a reminder of how great it once was.
My name is David Pierce, now almost 82. I was at St Lukes Junior School from 1947 to 1948. I was in Mr Tampkin’s class 3A and then downgraded to Mr (Fatty)Evans in 4B. I lived in Southover Street and later in Queens Park Road, corner of St Lukes Terrace. Miss Edgel was head teacher. I remember many of the children. Harold Hasby was in the choir at St Peters Church and often asked to sing to the school but generally refused because he said that “he had a frog in his throat”. Alan Prior used to dress in a fancy blazer with straw boater hat and stick and was a good singer. He lived in Freshfield Road. Front row 3rd from right is Gordon Brooks, his father was manager at Henekeys pub in Ship Street and was considered quite posh, he was probably my best pal. He lived in George Street Brighton. John Bignel lived in Queens Park Road. I also remember George Hearn. Douglas Brewer joined me at the Building School and later became a Methodist Minister. I still live in Brighton and would love to hear from any survivors!
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