I took this photograph in the early 1960’s on the West Pier. The Deco building between the fishing rods was featured on the TV programme Location, Location, Location, after years of decline. Subsequent to renovation it is now on the up again thank goodness.
I recall that my father fancied testing his punching power on one of the machines that year on the pier. He put his coppers in the slot, and took a swing at the punchball. The noise echoed round the pier, and the next we knew the spring had broken, and the leather ball was punctured and hanging pathetically from its moorings. We moved away swiftly, leaving him desperately trying to reassemble the machine before some attendent materialised! I was sad to see the state of the pier some 30 years later on a day trip, and wondered if it would ever rise again?