Hands in my pockets
Life in Hollingbury from the early 1950s to the early 1960s was a great time. Most of the families were quite young and there was a large crowd of fairly well-behaved teenagers meeting around the play area, which is now housing, in Lyminster Avenue. My girlfriend’s father didn’t think me well behaved as I had a habit of standing about with my hands in my pockets.
The Youth Club
A Youth Club was formed in the Methodist church at the junction of Lyminster and Carden Hill, and with the aid of somebody’s Dansette, records were played for jiving to. Records were supplied by ourselves and as nobody had much money it could get a bit repetitive. If we needed to go to Brighton there was the 26 trolley every ten minutes or 19 bus every twenty minutes.
Being permanently broke, more often than not I ran. Once you got to the top of Woodbourne Avenue it was downhill all the way. I have to admit that I could not get to the top of Woodbourne Avenue without a break now. But they were simple happy days and I will always remember them.
Do you remember?
Did you live in Hollingbury at this time? Do you remember the Youth Club? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.