Full of interesting things
When we were kids in the late 1940s and the 1950s, Sheepcote Valley was one of our main playgrounds. It was a dumping ground full of the most interesting things you could imagine. We would go through East Brighton Park, skirt around the camping ground and then on to the rubbish tip. There was a lot of war surplus armoured cars-lorries-bits of planes and just loads of other stuff. We used to build our own pedal bikes and the valley was full of old bits of bikes.
Happy as sand boys
Being a rubbish dump we used to go home filthy dirty and happy as sand boys. Later on there was loads of dark grey soot that came from the power station at Portslade being dumped there. It was transported from the power station by S. M. Tidy in green tippers that had a job getting up Wilson Avenue; crawler gear all the way. This soot was another joy to us kids. We would jump from what seemed a great height to us, and land up to our knees in this stuff, getting really dirty in the process.
Junk was our treasure
We also used this as a scramble track for our pedal bikes which of course had those cow horn handlebars. The bits and pieces we took home with us were our treasures. It is a wonder our parents did not go around the bend at the ‘junk’ that kept finding its way home. Lovely days – great memories