At a recent family wedding reception, held at the Royal Albion Hotel, in-between the wedding breakfast and the evening disco, I sat in the bar of the Harry Preston Suite with my sister having a drink. To the west the outlook was towards Pool Valley, and to the south, Grand Junction Road, the beach and the Palace Pier.
Louis Tussard’s Waxworks
“Do you remember Louis Tussard’s Waxworks, somewhere near here when we were kids” I asked her? “Well of course I do, we would come off the Palace Pier and beg mum to take us in!” By then mum had probably spent more money than we could afford on the pier, and home was the only thing on her mind. Mostly we were allowed to watch the enactment from the Edgar Allan Poe story ”The Pit and the Pendulum” through the large front window. The window display, with waxworks effigy and scythe-like pendulum swinging slowly back and forth, about to cut the prisoner in two, was used to entice the public in. Occasionally, under constant duress from three young children, mum would give in and let us go in.
Chamber of Horrors
I would always head for the “Chamber of Horrors” The Hangman, Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster and Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Unlike today, with children’s computer games overflowing with violence, back then censorship was more stringent; the most chilling thing I had seen was Dr. Who being threatened by the Daleks! I would hide behind the sofa, and peek out to see the Daleks, and although frightened, not want to miss the next episode!
Show me where
“Come on then, come outside and show me where” I said to my sister. We left our drinks at the bar and went out through the side door, which opens onto Pool Valley; walked a few paces and turned to face the buildings. “Oh, I thought it was here”, she said looking up at Bar Rogue, “but this doesn’t look like it, perhaps it was nearer the Palace Pier, oh that one doesn’t look like it either,” she exclaimed, looking eastwards towards the front on the Royal Albion Hotel. “Well it must have been to the west of Pool Valley, lets nip across and have a look”
So who can remember
We quickly crossed Pool Valley, but the buildings there still didn’t look right! “Well I thought I knew where it was, but I’m not so sure now,” said my sister, I’m certain its close by, but none of these look right!” So who can remember exactly where Louis Tussard’s Waxworks was?