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Rita on the West Pier boating lake

This photo was taken at the West Pier boating lake c1926/27. Apparently the Punch and Judy man would perform at the foot of the steps to the lake at the weekend.

The photo shows my mum whose maiden name was Henrietta (Rita) Offen. She lived at 9 Railway Street where she was born in February 1919, and lived until her marriage in 1939.

The boy was the son of a lodger. My grandmother used to take in lodgers and was a landlady in the 1911 census. I think the lodgers were probably railway workers

Rita and friend on the boating lake
From the private collection of John Cording

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