Football on the tennis courts
I lived at 90, Staplefield Drive from 1955 until I joined the army in 1970. I have since lived in Northern Ireland for almost 35 years after marrying there. My next door neighbours were the Drivers and I can recall the Clarke family a few doors up. I went to Moulsecoomb Primary and Junior schools. I can remember the headmistress Miss King, an aged lady with a King Charles spaniel and a delight in administering the strap to naughty children’s hands. I also remember Mr Gallagher was teacher of 4a and very popular because with him we got to play football on the tennis courts.
Lampost was our wicket
Can anyone remember playing softball every lunch time on the school field, or racing dinky toy racing cars on the playground? I can also recall cricket in the road at the top of the hill at Staplefield Drive, using the lampost as wicket, or having relay races around the block. We spent long summer nights in the cornfields at the back, building straw houses and raiding rivals with mock battles. I was one of the first to join the 67 Centre when it opened, coincidentally in 1967, where we played table tennis and snooker or on the pinball machine.
Hated my school cap
There were dances there in 1967/8 with local groups The Motion and The Shapes and Sizes as frequent players. I have a thousand memories of the estate. I went to Brighton and Hove Grammar at eleven and had to suffer the indignation of wearing the awful school cap in an estate where school caps were not that common. I had so many friends back then that I can recall; they were happy days.
Do you remember?
Do you remember Staplefield Drive? Did you go to the 67 Centre? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.