A school holiday job
When I was a pupil at Hove Grammar School, I worked in the ‘Captain’s Cabin’ bar on the West Pier at weekends and throughout my school holidays in 1968. Although I was only 16 I was asked to serve drinks whenever the bar was particularly busy which was fairly frequent. I met many of the stars during the filming of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ including Richard Attenborough and Joe Melia. Joe was one of the nicest guys I have ever met, and appeared to play many parts in the final cut. He spent literally ages trying to explain the forthcoming decimalisation to me.
Another great friend was ‘Professor’ Pat Cullen the palmist. The bar often had impromptu performances and I remember Bill Tarling, the Pier Manager, asking for everyone’s attention as the ‘Great Omani’ devoured a wine glass that I had just handed to him. There is a fabulous photograph of the West Pier at night on this section, which was just as I remember it. When working long hot summer evenings at the Olde Tyme Music Hall……….it was truly magical.
Do you remember?
Did you see any of the ‘Oh What a lovely War’ stars? What about The Great Omani – did you ever see any of his stunts or shows? Please share your memories by posting a comment below