Two special years
Chronologically the sixties are a jumble for me. Only two years stand out – 1966, when I was working at the Old Ship Hotel, and bought two tickets for the World Cup final the next day, at £5 a ticket from a guest who could not use them and 1969 when my wife and I were married. I remember my wife and I owned a car, a gift from my parents – a 1958/59 Ford Anglia. It had vacuum-wipers that stopped working as we climbed Elm Grove or Bear Road when we travelled to Woodingdean where we had moved to from a flat in Preston Drove.
The places to be
For entertainment there was the Starlight Rooms, the Florida, the Regent Dance Hall, the Scandinavia, the Zodiac, and the Café Continental. Electricity House was the meeting place for dates. I wore suits made by Stratford-Halland who had premises at the bottom of Franklin Road, or by Bernard Luper. My shirts and pointy handkerchiefs for my suit breast pocket I bought from Sammy Gordon in Trafalgar Street. I sometimes bought tailor made shirts from Cecil Gee. We drank at the Clarence, the Galleon or the Quadrant and ate at the Four Aces, Swevia/Suevia (not sure on the spelling) or Prompt Corner. I saw the Beatles at the Hippodrome, and my wife saw the Rolling Stones.
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I remember the Great Omani being chained and plunging into flaming water on the West Pier. Oh What a Lovely War was filmed there and I remember friends who went to work as extras. I remember the coming of the universities, the Marina, the going of Black Rock swimming pool, the SS Brighton and Brighton Tigers and the Goldstone and the Albion. I remember the fire at the Bedford Hotel and the morning I woke up to the news that the Grand Hotel had been bombed. So many memories have come back through this website. All human life is here. I shall continue to browse its pages