When the Marina was first built, people had to pay to get in, but residents had a pass to get through the turnstiles. Before the Marina was built, I used to spend a lot of time playing in the rock pools at Black Rock, under my parents’ supervision. A lot of my spare time as a child was spent either on Whitehawk football pitches, where we used to climb onto the roof of the white-house, and the brick building by Whitehawk Road, East Brighton Park and Black Rock swimming pool.
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Bombs on the golf course?
Wilson’s laundry was on Arundel Road and there was St Mark’s School. I was told as a youngster that several bombs fell in the Whitehawk area during WW2, and that some of the bunkers on the golf course were made by bombs. My first job after leaving school was in a factory called W.S. Perkins Ltd . Around 1980, my parents moved to Chailey Road in Moulsecoomb, then in the mid 1980s they moved back to Whitehawk. By this time the estate had been rebuilt and my family lived in Alfriston Close, very near to what had been Nuthurst Road, where I’d spent my earlier years.
A special place in my heart
At this time, I was living in at work, which was then St Dunstan’s in Kemp Town. In 1987 my Mum died from cancer, and a few years later my Dad moved to Sutherland Road because the family had spread their wings by this time. I haven’t lived in Whitehawk since the late 1980s, but it still holds a special place in my heart. I am now 55 years old, and I still get annoyed when I hear people criticising the estate. If the opportunity arose I’d quite happily live there again.