Seafront Sputnik

A startling sight

Photo:Sputnik looking west. Part of the seafront illuminations in 1967.
Photo by Peter Allison

Sputnik looking west. Part of the seafront illuminations in 1967. Photo by Peter Allison

Photo:Sputnik looking east

Sputnik looking east

Photo by Peter Allison

Added to the site on 30-09-04 
This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page

Very cool. Just so you know, this sign is a Roto-Sphere. More about them here:
http://agilitynut.com/sca/roto.html

By Debra Jane Seltzer (29/06/2008)

When did it go? As young teenagers we thought it looked like something from the small ads in the back of dirty magazines and we always called it the 'sex aid'. I had forgotten all about it until I was watching Quadrophenia and there it was spinning around in front of the beach. I don't remember ever seeing it with the neon tubes working though.

By Bill Freestone (01/09/2008)

I think its a real shame that the illuminations have all gone now - it makes Brighton seem a dull and boring place compared to other seaside resorts. Considering the council tax they charge everyone in the B & H city area you would think they would have been maintained and kept up to standard - assuming they really Do want to attract people to the area...

By Paul Edwards (22/10/2009)

I wasn't born when these were taken, but do remember them when I was growing up. BRING BACK THE SPUTNIK!

By Martin Fuller (20/11/2009)

I found this on pathe news: from 1973 http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=74306 at the end there’s the Sputnik in all its neon glory, also the peacock illumination.

By Ian Mcilroy (30/03/2010)

Do you reckon there is any chance of the 'proper' illuminations ever being brought back including Sputnik (what happened to it?)?  If Blackpool can, why can't we - and keep the season going? Perhaps businesses could contribute? and the Council - difficult at the moment admittedly. Rather this than the wheel or the [London] Eye thingy!

By Sarah Saward (05/06/2011)

Sarah, unless the illuminations somehow represented 'diversity' and 'multi-culturalism', there is no way at all that the council would ever spend money bringing them back....

By Holly Morris (06/06/2011)

I fondly remember the 'spiky' thing every time we drove to Brighton from Eastbourne, craning our necks to see if it would be spinning (it rarely was). I also remember the peacock. I think it's fab that the spinning thing was just perched precariously on top of a bus stop! Happy memories seeing this again.

By Heidi Hurwood (17/04/2012)

I am so happy to have found these photos. My grandmother lived in Brighton when I was a child and when we visited in the 60s, early 70s, the first thing I wanted to do was go and see 'Linda's star' on the seafront. It absolutely fascinated me! We're in Brighton at the moment and I miss the illuminations of yesteryear. 

By Linda Donovan (09/06/2012)

Does anyone know what happened to the Sputnik? Did it get scrapped, sold or is it in a dusty Council warehouse somewhere?

By Alison Smith (04/04/2015)

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