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I have a copy Eddie. Ask Ann and I’ll pass it on.
To Alan, Shelly and Paul. Sorry for not replying. I seldom visit this site, but did just post a few class pictures of Balfour Primary School. I remember both Alan and Paul, and the Regan family. The Fleets and Regans were next door neighbours, I think, at 119 and 117 respectively. Here’s the sequence I remember: Penns were at 115, Mellins at 121, Knights at 123, Jock (can’t remember last name) at 125. No memory of residents at 127, but Hopkins 129, Pitts at 131, Alan and family at 133. I think I’m right in saying that we were all original owners. The Morris Minor was my brother Ray’s car. He and I visited Brighton last year. Those houses look pretty solid to me after all these years.
Dick. So pleased that you are enjoying a little nostalgia. I recognize you in the 1961 picture. My memory is almost as good as yours in putting names to faces. I have vivid memories of Balfour and Varndean, so I must have been thoroughly traumatized. I’m long retired and have been living near San Francisco since 1975. I came across these photos during a recent move and couldn’t resist sharing them.
Where did Towns Corner get it’s name, anyone?
‘The Keep’ archive at Falmer is the place to start although not all records survive. The school may of course have their records in-house although correctly they should be in the archive.
A most interesting site. I saw him once as a child – being evacuated to Brighton I guess it was then. I understood nothing of course but the audience howled non stop, so it must have been very funny.
Whilst researching Isaacs/Power family ancestry I came upon these comments re the Bellmans. My mother, Rebecca (Betty) Smith née Isaacs and Esther Bellman were 1st cousins; Esther’s mother Aunt Lily (Litman née Power) and my maternal grandmother Rachel (Isaacs) being sisters. I have very fond memories of (Great) Aunt Lily, Uncle Jack, Esther and Sydney Bellman who were lovely to my mother, brother and myself – and of staying with Esther, her family and (Great) Aunt Lily and Uncle Jack when we were children. Please, if possible, will you pass my email details on to David Bellman (although I notice his post was some years ago) as I would very much like to be in touch again, communicate memories from childhood and fill him in with family ‘history’ I have discovered if he is interested. I would welcome any contact from other family members too. Thank you. Clare Smith
Hi, so glad I stumbled on this site my name is John and I worked the front bar with Don. I lived with Dragonalla up at marine parade.I have great memories of that place and have a few pics to remind me wish we could go back in time.
Wonderful lot of comments on this post, shame how times have moved on and the ‘investor’ as such with no direct interest in the collections buy into a variety of collectables, often pushing up the auction prices, then once they move on the bottom can fall out of that market, (stamps/coins/ etc) or at least to some extent on old original collectables. From that peak I spoke about earlier in this thread, with 30 retail dealers those have all gone. Swapmeets have almost died off too, with ebay and Amazon that took away our browsing in a real shop, to online browsing. Since we closed our shop in 2000, we have turned more into paper, that’s photographs & books, still running stalls at events around the South Coast while going online ourselves in the final years of our retail shop, we reached our 30th year in trading collectables in February 2019. We still bump into Graham of Select-a-matic of the Kemp Town shop, Bob too of that basement stall within others that’s now Komedia. Jon Trory and Dennis Tompkins both the more established finally retired too. For us, our use of storage that became an initially unintentional retail outlet for us during the 90’s when money was tight, however we survived and come out of a long lease in the end that in those days the Commercial Rates was more the burden, with such small outlets now would have a 100% rate relief. We can be found online just by looking up search terms including our surname as a trading name should anyone remember us back then. Pity we never took any photos of our shop inside or out.
Does anyone know where I can find records relating to teachers at this school in and around 1913? Family history researching Charles Hague. Thanks.
The ex minesweeper was the Regency Belle. I was the helmsman and was an AB in the Merchant Navy then. The Captain’s name was Greenalgh and he was a gentleman. We did cruises from the West Pier. Very popular. We went aground once with the sea abeam. Lot of passengers were sick. I stood in the bows and eventually caught a heaving line thrown from the pier. We got alongside the pier on the east side and the passengers quickly escaped. That was about August 1952. I have a photo of the crew. At night we berthed at Newhaven. Great days! I remember the Anzio well. Think the skipper was Jack Nye,wore yachting cap and striped t shirt. Bob Pelham.
I remember the old West End Cafe when it was a wooden building.I used to help Joe Hawkins with his boats in the 1960s.
I’m the youngest of the Steer family, Julia and I were brought up at number 86 until we had to move for the houses to be pulled down and the flats to be built. By then my 3 sisters had left home and I moved back to live in the new flats with mum and dad. They both continued to live there until their passing. I have happy memories of playing in the street growing up, lots of other families and kids my age. One of my closest friends still to this day is Linda Sweeney who lived there with her sisters and brother. I went to West Hove infants and juniors and Knoll School for girls.
Yes, I used to go to the Princes News Theatre,my mum used to drop me off there and do her shopping, the usherettes were great and looked after me, I fondly remember watching the cartoons, Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges and many more, then she would pick me up and we often went to the Embassy or the Curzon where my Dad would meet us after work. Fond memories.
Kelly’s list them as being at 23 Bloomsbury Street in the 1950s.
Does anyone remember my grandfather William Ash, generally referred to as ‘Jack’. I believe he worked in no 2 factory at hollingbury before or after a period at Alan West just off the Lewes Road?
He was an electrical engineer/machinist as far as I know. I still have and use many of his machine tools from those days, although sadly I did not get a chance to talk to him about his experiences there before he passed away some years ago.
By coincidence, I’m now part of a wider team responsible for the redevelopment of the site and have explored the buildings and site prior to it’s partial demolition. It was more than a little eerie!
I do feel it is a shame that there are not more engineering companies around now.
My Great grandfather George Hill lived at 57 in 1871. He was a chimney sweep, then worked on the railway as a wagon and line inspector.
The ‘Albany Club’ seemed to survive after the Hotel had closed as this is still listed in a 1970s Yellow Pages at No 5b Regency Square but the Hotel is no longer shown. There were lots of these drinking clubs in basement premises all over Brighton in the 50s and 60s. As long as you were a member you could get an alcholic drink long after pub closing time. I think most of them must have disappeared when licensing laws were more relaxed in later years.
Kelly’s, 1950s, gives the Albany at No 5, and the Leander Hotel at No 7, Regency Square.
Hi Jean. I was born in September 1969 so hopefully it was me in the bump you remember. If you are ok could I call you as I’d like to hear more. Thanks Jo.
I remember Joan Hardwick Julie Hardwick, Philip Virgo, Jean Beany and also Miss Yendal and Mr Hambridge.
Regency Square. 1960s. Five or six up on the Western side.
Regency Square, the west side, about 1/3rd up from Kings Road (sea front) probably get a good view of it from the top of the i360.
Max was often joking about his wife, she in fact was a lovely lady, and in fact we went to the same church. They lived on the seafront just along form Atlingworth Street. I did see him at the Hippodrome on many occasions. It is said that when he was on the London Palladium he was given 10 minutes for his act, but he is alleged to have said whilst on, why was an American act getting as much time as he wanted at the end of the show. Max said that as a native act, he should be given all the time he wanted as well. So he just kept going and had to be more or less pulled off. In his dressing room, he was given a message from the owner that he would see Max never worked in any other theatres, to which Max is said to have replied that the owner was several thousand pounds too late. He was I believe at one time banned by the BBC.
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