Playing ‘dare’ across the road
I lived at 163 Marine Parade from 1940 until 1955. The Nevill House Hotel abutted our house. Many famous celebrities of the time would visit our house and chat with my grandmother. Some that come to mind are Laurence Olivier, Anna Neagle, Robert Fleming, Nigel Green and Flora Robson who was a dear friend of my grandmother’s. My sisters Valerie, Jackie and I would play ‘dare’ to see who could cross Marine Parade the fastest without getting hit by a passing car.
We also threw our old guy over the sea front railings one Guy Fawkes night so we would not have to carry him down all the steps to the Banjo Groyne beach for the bonfire and firework festivities. Needless to say he did not arrive intact and the old clothes and rags used for stuffing him got caught on the wild flowers that grew up on the cliffs. They remained there for weeks until a storm came and blew them away.
Visiting the Odeon cinema
After school I would deliver prescriptions to many of the famous stars who lived in the area because I worked for Miss Morgan and Miss Lacroix who owned the chemist shop at the bottom of the alley on Marine Parade, between Belgrave Place and Eastern Terrace. We spent every Saturday morning at the Odeon Cinema at Paston Place and would go to Bert’s Cafe afterwards for a slice of bread and dripping for a half-penny.
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