As a child during the 1970s I used to live in Burgess Hill (10 miles away) with my parents and younger brother David. I remember being very small and my mother taking us to Brighton on the stagecoach bus with our next door neighbours. Both women loved to shop and us four children had to go along for the ride. As we passed ...Read full memory
Actually, my memories of Brighton go back earlier than 1953 because I was born there in 1933. I do have a memory of being wheeled in my pram over a small area of ridged concrete outside the little shop at the end of our street, Bennett road, Kemp town. We were bombed out from there (number 35) in 1943 and I do remember ...Read full memory
The building in the corner was Brighton Teacher Training College. The building at right angles in the distance was a hotel. My mother Florence Starkey was studying in the Teacher Training College top floor and looked out of the window across the angle into the side window of the curved bay hotel window to see a ...Read full memory
The Aquarium was the venue for the 'Chinese Jazz Club' which was run by a man in a straw hat called 'Bonnie'. I was a regular as a student and despite the name all I recall was R&B music from a range of bands and singers including Muddy Waters, Blind Lemon Jefferson (I think) , Long John Baldry and Rod Stewart - then known as Rod the Mod.
My mother, Olive Mary (Mollie) Feasby was a student at the college in the 1930s. I am looking for information about her future sisters-in-law, Marion and Rene Walker, also students there.
My grandfather's family lived in Brighton/Hove near Seven Dials and attended Belgrave Road Congregational Church. Their surname was WOOD and his forenames were WALTER EDWARD. He had a brother PERCY and sisters ADA, POLLY and AGNES. His father (my great grandfather) was reputed to have been very tall ...Read full memory
My father was building the Power Station at Shoreham in the fifties and we had a tent here for many Summer months. The lads use to dare me to go to the Wardens control tower and say I was lost! They used to humour me and broadcast my name over the tanoy system on the high tower - they never tired of this game! I was watching a guy ...Read full memory
It was Uncle Bonnie's Chinese Jazz Club which ran all-night sessions on a Friday night, from 11pm to about 6am the next morning. All sorts of jazz was played, including trad jazz. There were singles and couples, I think drinks most of the night, and of course a smoky atmosphere from cigarettes. Great music and ...Read full memory
Used to visit the Brighton Jazz Club - at the Aquarium, at about the time this photograph was taken
In the early 1950s my uncle, William Grosvenor, was warden at this camp site. As a young girl I can remember visiting him and my aunt and helping or hindering with campers arrivals.
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