Looking through the gaps
I have some nice memories of walking down The Palace Pier as a child with my family. I remember looking through the gaps in the wooden floor and seeing the water and seeing the ladies walking in stockinged feet holding their stilletto heeled shoes as they would otherwise get stuck.
The perils of seafood
I remember once when I was about seven years old, we stopped at a seafood stall and there were lots to choose from. I never really liked winkles although we were given them quite regularly in the 1960s for our Sunday teas. Usually they were served between two slices of bread which would go soggy, so I was pleased when my parents did not thrust a paper plate full of them towards me. My parents’ favourite were whelks, a large snail like seafood that didn’t look very appetising. One day I asked if I could try one and to my horror it was like chewing on a small rubber ball, I always joke to my friends now that, ‘My parents gave me a whelk in 1964 and I was still chewing it in 1967’.
A Southdown Mystery Tour
On one of these late Sunday afternoon outings to The Palace Pier, we turned right along the seafront to see all the old green Southdown coaches, lined up opposite The Aquarium offering excursions. I can still see them now, what a glorious sight it used to be on a summers day, does anyone else remember this in the early 1960s? My parents opted for the ‘Mystery Tour’ on this occasion and we ended up in Upper Beeding at a pub called ‘The Rising Sun’. I remember this because at the time ‘The House of The Rising Sun’ by ‘The Animals’ was in the top twenty. I can only imagine it must have been during a school holiday as we got back to Brighton quite late.