Coastal curfew imposed
Brighton had continued to operate as a holiday resort during the initial phase of the war, even to the extent that children had been evacuated to the town “to enjoy a glorious holiday”. However, after the surrender of France on June 20th 1940, Brighton saw it’s piers severed, beaches closed, esplanades fortified and public access to the town limited. It had become subjected to the restrictions of the coastal curfew placed upon public entertainments and places of resort after 10:30pm.
Relaxed restrictions for Christmas
In 1942, as a gesture of seasonal goodwill, the Regional Commissioner, Viscount Monsell, relaxed these restrictions for the nights of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. For those nights only it was conceded that visitors from outside of the area would be permitted into the curfew area until 01:00am. It was further conceded that premises within the curfew area (which usually had to close at 10:15pm) would be allowed to close at 11:00pm and those outside of it at 12:30am (subject to obtaining the necessary Justice’s License).