Winkle picker shoes and bum freezer suits

A couple of Brighton mods in their 'bum freezer' suits
From the private collection of Trevor Chepstow

Remembering my ‘hangouts’

I left the UK in 1966 for Australia; returned a few years later for a number of months, before settling in the United States for the last 40 years. So, reading about the early 1960s here on the website brought back many memories. Yes, I remember The Regent, The Little Chef, the Cider Bar, near the Royal Pavilion, plus many other hangouts.

Wary of the rockers

We were a group of Mods, before they officially were known as Mods. We hung out at the Little Chef, wary of the rockers that hung out there and vise versa. We had our Vespas and Lambrettas; most were chrome plated. We wore our winkle picker shoes and ‘bum freezer’ suits. After pub hopping on a Friday night, usually around The Lanes area, we headed for The Regent. One of the most memorable songs played was Little Eva’s Locomotion amongst other great ‘golden oldies’ that were played in that era.

Blast from the past

My memory is a little dim after all these years on certain places and locations, but the memories of that time will stay with me forever. I returned to the UK last year for a visit and found a few friends from the sixties. It was great catching up about this and that person, or this or that place. From what I gather they have a Regent Reunion twice a year. Maybe one of these days I will get to go back to one of these reunions. Maybe will be lucky to meet friends from the past. A real blast from the past.

Comments about this page

  • I can assure you Vaughan we were not rockers, but ordinary blokes with motor bikes that enjoyed riding them. We also used the Langham cafe in Rock Street.

    By Harry Atkins (31/05/2013)
  • You’re right Harry, on second reflection, you guys were ordinary guys just enjoying your bikes. But in that era the Mods and Rockers were just coming into fashion. Like I said, we were Mods before Mods became fashionable. We never did get into the issues of Mods against Rockers. I guess after all these years I equate both as going hand in hand. Bikes against scooters.

    By Vaughan Whittington (21/07/2013)
  • Have just read your comments Vaughan….having just discovered this site……this is Ann Maryan……would love to hear from you!.

    Of course I do realize that your comments were made over seven years ago and a lot can happen during that length of time…….but I am keeping my fingers crossed that somehow we can connect!.

    I will never forget the Whittington family…..especially your Mum and Dad!.

    By Ann Littleton (née Maryan). (15/03/2021)

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