An idyllic childhood
I had an idyllic childhood growing up in Rottingdean in the late 1970s with my brother and parents. We lived at 2 New Barn Road;I remember Barbara and Len Moppett who lived next door to us. Such a lovely couple, I can still remember Mrs Moppett’s smiling face, she always greeted us with a friendly smile. My childhood was largely spent roaming the hills near Rottingdean Windmill and walking the under-cliff path to Saltdean or Ovingdean. We went rock pooling on Rottingdean beach and spent all summer at Rottingdean pool.
A wonderful school
I went to Rottingdean school; the Headmaster at that time was Mr Lawrence. It was a wonderful school and I loved my time there. The school had a pet sheep named ‘Ajax’ and the whole school would watch in amusement when the sheep was sheared in the school field. Being a Church of England school, we would often have assemblies and services in St Margaret’s Church. We would walk down the lane and through the church yard filling our pockets with the little green stones from the graves along the way. They were such happy days.
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My Saturday job
I had a Saturday job at Rottingdean Bookshop, my Gran, Majorie Woolard worked there and I worked with her; such a lovely traditional bookshop, I would trot over to the Post Office to buy the stamps for the shop and then after my shift, I would buy chips from The Smugglers chip shop. I also worked in The White Horse for a few months doing work experience as a receptionist.