Picnics by the Lagoon
In the 1950’s my Grandma (who actually lived in Brighton) used to share a beach hut with a couple, Mr and Mrs Truett, who lived in a flat near the Hove Lagoon. The hut was ideal for the whole family, with folding chairs, a gas ring (and kettle) and only a short distance to an ice-cream stall, the Lagoon and of course the sea. We usually spent the day there, having a huge picnic! One of my earliest memories was of being wheeled along the promenade in my push-chair, in about 1949.
Sometimes we used to go on the petrol-powered boats on the western lake at the Lagoon; “Come in No 5, your time’s up!”. More often we went on the little electric fairground-type railway with its engines named after Captain Hook (black, I think), Peter Pan (green) and Aladdin (blue).