I went to Queen’s Park Infants School from about 1948 to 1951. The entrance was in Freshfield Place. I recall my first teacher, a kind lady called Miss Bullman. I believe the Head may have been a Miss Goldring although a Miss Dearing rings a bell as well. There were two air raid shelters in the playground.
Most children, including me, went on to St Mary’s Voluntary Primary School in Mount St; although some did go to St Luke’s. Although Kemp Town had a run down reputation I was always happy there and enjoyed the school, apart from the first day when I cried. I remember that well.
I do recall outings to Mr Box’s at Hassocks which was a play area with woods. We used to go by Southdown coach which took ages struggling up Clayton Hill.
I used to buy sweets at a newsagents in Edward Street just around the corner from Park Street. His name was Mr Beal and he was the only one who would sell loose sweets for a farthing.
We lived in a flat in Hereford Street.