I was 12 when WWII began, and the air raid sirens started wailing right away. It was a false alarm but very scary. We lived at Brunswick Terrace and I remember the big black pipeline that ran all along the Front – does anyone know what that was for? One day my friend was walking home to King’s Mansions when she was chased by a German airplane. Until quite recently I could see the scars in the buildings from the machine-gun fire.
Living in Canada
I live in Canada now, but have to go back for my ‘fix’ of home every couple of years. I’m sad to see the West Pier’s demise because I used to buy a pennyworth of Wine Gums at Maynards, the sweetshop at the entrance to the pier. Even at age 82 I still like Maynards Wine Gums, though they cost a lot more than a penny over here now!
Does anyone remember the boating pool, and the man who shouted through a megaphone, “Come in, number four!”?