Teddy boys and Elvis Presley
Thirty two cinemas
In the 1950s I used to go to the Gaiety Cinema; nearby there was a little cafe by the viaduct which used to sell the most delicious bread pudding at 1d a slice. Other cinemas I went to were the Arcadia, the Astoria (near the Telephone Exchange), Paris, Essoldo. At one time there were thirty two cinemas in Brighton and Hove. You were certainly never spoiled for choice in what films you wanted to see.
My new school
In 1950 I went to the new Stanmer Secondary School. The Headmaster was Mr Hobart, and teachers included Miss Cauderoy, Mr White, and Mr Lovell. I left there in 1954. Some pupils I remember were Maurice Glanville, David Richie and Pauline Nye. Sorry there were lots of other friends, but I am afraid that my memory is letting me down at the moment.
I remember going to a music store near the Clock Tower – not sure of the name now. To listen to music we used to pick out the latest record, and go into a booth to listen to it. I bought Elvis ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ there and took it home put it on my Dansette recorder player. My Dad came in from work and said “Who’s that ?”, “Elvis Presley, Dad”, “Hhump! He won’t last five minutes!”. Oh ye of little faith. I have memories of the Teddy Boys and the cafes in Queens Road. Rock ‘n’ Roll was here and the world was changing fast.