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My parents and my grandparents had their holidays on this caravan site from about 1961 to about 1967. I remember my grandfather taking me to the shop on the site to buy sweets. The owner had a green Ford V8 Pilot which we rode in to town once. I also remember the site next door which was bigger and the stream which I was told to keep away from and was covered with green algae. Sadly my wife and I went back recently, and there is now a big retail park. Happy day!
When The End of The Pier Was Washed Away
My parents moved to Bognor in 1961 when I was 14.
I remember when half of the pier was washed away after a terrible winter storm. The beach was piled with wood from it and it all disappeared in a day!
Bognor was left with just a pier head and a short jetty that led nowhere.
I don't think they've ever rebuilt it.
I am the daughter of Charles and Joyce Munday, both deceased; my two sisters and I grew up with the caravan park as our playground. Dad grew sunflowers all along the front of Monday's caravan park and we also owned the Green Topper Cafe just across from the caravans. I was born in Sudley Road in 1941 and I went to Villa Maria Catholic School... wonderful memories.
Military Music on Promenade And in Park
My National Service was spent in The Alamein Band of The Royal Tank Regiment which for 3 seasons, 1949 to 1952 played at Bognor Regis for two months on the promenade bandstand in the afternoons and in Hotham Park in the evenings. On one occasion we played in the theatre as part of a midnight matinee held to raise money for relief work for the Lynmouth Flood disaster. I recall this concert vividly as it was compared by Chesney Allen of Flanagan and Allen and the star of the show was the great comedian Dick Emery whose genius carried the whole show. I was in the Band as a singer of Ballads and Gilbert and Sullivan and other light operatic items but I was disappointed that in this concert I was not billed to sing my usual songs but , instead became the vocalist for our Dance Orchestra where I sang several suitable ballads. I was jealous that Brychan Powell the tenor from the season... Read more
My parents George and Phyllis Stroud ran the Hotham Club in Waterloo Square - now the HQ of the RAFA Bognor branch. After National Service I worked first for Lec Refrigeration as a welder and then as a porter at the War Memorial Hospital. I had a flat over the hydrotherapy pool and was also in charge of the mortuary. When the bell rang in the middle of the night, up I got, went to the mortuary and got the special trolley we used to transport the deceased from the ward to the mortuary. I was also expected to be present at post-mortems so I learnt a lot about human anatomy this way!
I also met a number of lovely lady patients on the wards, one in particular that comes to mind was a beautiful girl called Angela Scutt - I wonder where she is now?!
I still have contact with Bognor, my brother's family live at North Bersted and they operate the store called The Trading Post... Read more
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