Until the late 1950s Brighton had seventy-five boy messengers as telephones were in their infancy and people relied on telegrams to communicate.
The messengers worked an eight hour day and cycled all over Brighton, Hove or Woodingdean, for the first two years of their service. At sixteen years old they could become a motor-cyclist, if they so wished. The early duties started at 7am and the late ones at 12 nooon.
Every year the Inspector in charge took them on a day’s outing to places like Windsor or Margate. The photograph here shows one of those days, but it was a special occasion because it was the first time the lads were allowed to bring their girlfriends!