Eastbourne, The Pier 1925
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1925 marked the building of a new 900-seater music pavilion at the shoreward end of the pier. Already coach traffic was having an impact, bringing visitors to sample the pier's delights. We may be thankful that although a later entrance building was wrecked by fire, both the older theatre and music pavilion can still be seen today, and the pier remains successful.

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A Selection of Memories from Eastbourne

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Eastbourne

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My grandmother appears as a cooks assistant at a school at Fairlea Meads ,Chesterfield Road in Eastbourne. Sadly I cannot find any photos of the building.Any help would be greatly appreciated.
In 1977 we bought our first house in Hampden Park. I was working as a nurse at Eastbourne DGH in Kings Drive. I remember walking through the park at the start and end of my shifts. In the spring the park was carpeted with crocus's which was the most beautiful site. I hope they are still there today.
We stayed in a Guest House in Bourne Street. Mr and Mrs Collignon ran it. Full board. She was an ex nurse and taught me how to make beds. Little did she know I would be a nurse. They were very friendly. Thought it was quite posh to have sinks in our rooms, but then had to share a bathroom. It was the time of the Pirate Radios.
During the years 1960 to 1967, aged 4 thru 11, this was my playground, as well as the Devonshire Park behind to the left. My parents ran the Devonshire Park Hotel during this time in Compton Street, an old Victorian Hotel full of character and style, but has since been knocked down and rebuilt, the old beautiful entrance staircase and enclosed entrance has disappeared and is now just a frontage ...see more