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Childhood memories of the 1950s

My sister and myself with our Dad
From the private collection of Nick Lade

Hours playing on Hove Lawns

The photographs in the Local List of Heritage Assets section of Courtney Gate brought back happy memories of my childhood. I spent many hours playing and walking along the Hove Lawns and the photograph here, probably taken in about the mid 1950s, below shows my dad, with sister Jan and myself in school uniform. It is very clear that Courtney Gate does not look as well decorated as it is today.

Family fun on the beach

For many years as a family, we used to go on the beach opposite Courtney Gate, and many happy days were spent there. Often there would be up to twenty of us enjoying what seems now, to be much better summer days.  We used to swim in all types of weather and the rougher the sea the better.  Often we swam to the groynes to dive off them, with hindsight this now seems foolish but was great fun at the time. My dad and cousin used to swim all year round, while the rest of us used to go and watch them; especially on Christmas Day enjoying their pre-lunch dip while we wore our overcoats!”

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