The Astra Club - Brighter Brighton
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A little while ago Chris Monson contributed material on the ‘Brighter Brighton Costume Concert Party’ of which a relative of his was a member. Having read the page, one of our long time contributors Len Liechti, responded with the news that his grandmother had been a singer, dancer, comedienne, and a member of Easter & Vernon’s Brighter Brighton Concert Party.
Intrigued by the Brighter Brighton idea, Andy Grant, another long-time contributor and one of our online local historians, decided to look into it. Having looked through his extensive collection of material relating to Brighton and Hove, he found the article which is reproduced above. It would appear that ‘Brighter Brighton’ was a theme adopted to counter the post-war depression and was staged by a number of performing companies at different venues. The ‘Astra Club’ mentioned above, was at 68, Middle Street, in what had previously been the Ministry of Pensions building.
The caption for the illustration here is:
He: “Lost anything Miss?”
She: “No – er – that is, I’ve forgotten where to find this Brighter Brighton.”