My early memories working in Brighton
When I was 16 I worked at Taylor’s developing and printing works, it was next door to the Academy cinema on West Street we used to print all the holiday snaps and pictures that people would take to their local chemist eg. Boots and Timothy Whites. The bank holidays were dreaded as everyone seemed to take photos then and the workload became manic after the weekends. We would work sometimes up to nine o’clock and were expected to stay till late with no overtime money as in the winter we would finish work at around 4 as there was so little work to do then. I left after 3 years and moved to London where I became a dancer.
My first tour
This was a tour of Oklahoma and one of the theatres we were to play at was the Hippodrome in Brighton, alas the tour ended before our company got to play there. I had grown up watching so many shows and pantos there. I saw Frankie Vaughn, Hetty King ( male impersonator) Max Wall, Max Miller, and Tommy Trinder. That was the first time I had ever seen UV and everyone thought it was magic when the costumes all appeared in bright colours in the dark.