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Chips every day

Houses in Findon Road, empty and boarded up, awaiting demolition 1980
Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

Neighbours were fantastic

I first lived in a prefab at 6 Wiston Path and then on to 14 Findon Road. All the neighbours were fantastic in times of need, always someone willing to help. Along with my twin brother Bob, and brother Jeff, I went to all the Whitehawk schools. I definitely remember the headmaster Mr Scaines. I got six of the best the very first morning of the senior school, just for running through the corridor.

Do you have any Whitehawk memories? Maybe you live in Whitehawk now. If you can share with us, please leave a comment below.

Many fond memories

I used to go the chip shop on Manor Hill every day. At the time it was owned by Mr Darrent. Boy! were they great chips – I can almost smell them now. I played on the green outside the Boy’s Club in the winter months and at East Brighton for cricket in the summer. They were fabulous days. I remember Black Rock Swimming pool – did it ever rain? I remember the Broadway Cafe, Brighton Races, the German dentist, PC George, St Cuthman’s and many other things that bring back so many fond memories.

Football in the ‘glory years’

One year I sang many a solo at Christmas Midnight Mass at St Cuthman’s and this was a result of my mum having a soft spot for the vicar. I also played football for Whitehawk Boys Club through their ‘Glory years’ when we won league and cup medals while climbing the football leagues. Probably the best bunch of guys you would ever wish to meet, honest, hard working and true friends. These were very happy days, never to be forgotten.

Comments about this page

  • Hi Les. This is Eric Cook, I lived in Wiston Close from ’47 to ’58 when I left to emigrate to Australia, I don’t know if you remember me? I will be visiting Brighton in August this year. It would be good to catch up with you and maybe anyone else that lived in the area in the era. My email is eric.cristina at yahoo dot com (typed like that to avoid spam robots) or maybe we could make contact through this site’s office if they do that. They sure were very happy days.

    By Eric Cook (24/05/2014)
  • Dear David
    Sorry but we have had to delete your post. We are no longer allowing the posting of requests to find third parties, as sharing information like this breaches their privacy. We recommend you try Friends Reunited website if you want to track old friends or neighbours.
    Comments Editor

    By David Tongs (30/06/2014)

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