Mystery photos of Brighton and Hove

Uncle Brighton Children's Show

By Jennifer Drury

 
Photo:Uncle Brighton Children's Show

Uncle Brighton Children's Show

From the private collection of Jennifer Drury

Does anyone remember these shows? I am aware that there was an ‘Uncle Jack’ who ran children’s talent shows on Peter Pan’s Playground. But this show clearly was not staged there and the chap with the microphone is definitely not 'Uncle Jack.'

Who was ‘Uncle Brighton’ and where did he stage his shows? If I was asked to guess a time – I think I would have said the 1980s – but I could be wrong. What about the performers? The singer looks like a Davey Jones from the Monkees look-alike – and his ‘band’ are resplendent in their rock and roll hair cuts.

Can you shed any light on this photograph? Do you remember Uncle Brighton? Where was this photograph taken? If you can help, please leave a comment below.

This page was added on 30/08/2012.
Comments about this page

By the clothes I'd say it was earlier than 1980s. Possibly mid to late 1970s. Hard to say where it's taken though but my first thought was the Pavilion Gardens but there's nothing from the pic to suggest this.

By Carol Homewood (01/09/2012)

Looking at the car parked behind the stage area I think your assumption of it being the 1980s is not a bad call Jennifer. As to the location, I would hazard a guess it being Blakers Park off Preston Drove. The reasoning for that is in the background through the trees there is a drain pipe on what looks like a terraced house; Blakers Park is surrounded by trees and Victorian terraced houses, it is also the venue for summer fetes. That's my guess, but I'm sure one of the many readers of the MB&H website know the location and who Uncle Brighton is.

By Michael Brittain (01/09/2012)

Couldn't date this, and never heard of Uncle Brighton (who is presumably the guy in the woolly hat), but I'd say the location is Pavilion Gardens, because the glimpse of the building through the trees looks very much like the Pav or the Dome. Jennifer, where do you find these amazing photos?

Hello Len - I spend hours and hours searching through online photographic collections. It takes a lot of patience cos you pass hundreds of rubbish to find the occasional gem. Jennifer

By Len Liechti (06/09/2012)

In the Brighton & Hove photographic collection (photosbrightonandhove.org) there is a photo of an Uncle Brighton Children's show near Brighton seafront arches on Madeira Drive, dated 1984. It looks like the same man to me, though I don't personally remember him at all. Alan

Sorry Alan, being dim here, which collection are you talking about? Jennifer

By Alan Hobden (06/09/2012)

I found the collection here Jennifer: http://www.photosbrightonandhove.org.uk/uncle-brighton-childrens-show.html I just googled "Uncle Brighton Children's Show" and it came up. Alan

Thanks Alan: I keep forgetting the QueenSpark collection. Yes that definitely is him - so my 1980s guess was spot on! Jennifer

By Alan Hobden (06/09/2012)

I used to belong to a talent and morris dance troupe which was called Uncle Brighton's, it was a long time ago in the late 70's early 80's, we used to perform by the arches and around the old west pier. I remember doing a number from the smurfs. I cant def say it was the man in the picture because it was so long ago but I think its him. He was from Moulscoombe. Hope that helps; funny enough I thought about it today and decided to see if there were any pictures, hence arriving at this site.

By Karen Young (17/09/2012)

Just lookked at photo again its def him. If this was in colour his hat would have been red and white as that was the colours we danced in. Blimey what a turn up. Off to tell my friend who was also in it with me!

By Karen Young (17/09/2012)

Karen Young, not sure if you remember me but myself and my sister Donna Mercer were also in the talent show and were Morris dancers. Uncle Brighton came from Moulscoombe hes name was Brian and wife Iris and Ted and Ethel who were the grandparents and their daughter was Yvette. We were can-can girls and went for practice at Ethals every week in Buckingham Road, Brighton.

By caroline mercer (11/06/2013)

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