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My grandfather, Albert, lived, as I did, in Pelham Square, Brighton, for many years and was a champion fisherman off the then Palace Pier for several years. My father Douglass was a sailor during the war on HMS Howe.

By Steve Trangmar (19/07/2008)

All my life I have been a keen angler and directly the Palace Pier was opened after the war I started fishing the pier. Bert, as everyone knew him, was my hero and he was one of the best anglers I ever knew and I was in the angling trade in Brighton from 1949 until retiring in 1999. so I did meet one or two.

By Ted Holgate (24/10/2008)

Beatrice Trangmar - born 1939/1940 in Brighton. I am trying to locate Beatrice Trangmar, who attended Pelham School for Girls from 1951 - 1955. Beatrice was in my class. So far, I have managed to locate some of the girls from this era - they are scattered around the world. We are all keen to meet up in Brighton in August / September 2010 - having done so on the Gold Coast, Australia in October 2008. Sheila Main, Linda Trussell, Yvonne Brown, and I were there. If anyone knows of Beatrice would they be so kind as to email me at  My maiden name was Bertha Byrne but now known as Elizabeth. With many thanks for any help.

By Elizabeth Byrne-Fong (Bertha Byrne) (20/02/2010)

Hi Steve, your dad Doug, was he a painter at Brighton Polytecnic?

By Andy (22/05/2011)

I lived at number 5 Pelham Square with the Trangmar family. It was only for a short time around Christmas 1958 as my mum and dad had split up. I went to school with Vanessa at St. Bartholomews juniors- I lived with her and her brother and mum and dad. She now lives in France, I found her on Friends Reunited.

By Anne Newman (23/05/2011)

Hi Andy, I'm Steve's sister and yes, our dad Doug did work as a painter at the Brighton Polytechnic.

By Vanessa Crouch (nee Trangmar) (25/01/2012)

Hi Vanessa, I worked beside your dad, I was the resident caretaker at the seafront halls of residence in Eastern Terrace seafront. Doug was the painter - great guy, very pleasant. Me and the carpenter Les and Doug would have our tea-break together. How is Doug? Hope he's ok. He done some decorating in my flat for me in 1986. Take care, Andy. Brighton Polytechnic.

By Andy (22/04/2012)

Hi Vanessa, I doubt if you remember me but when I was 16/17 we used to meet up in Brighton at the weekends went to a couple of what was then called clubs. I had a old black car that broke down near the bowling alley, your mum I think was a hairdresser you lived in the corner house in Pelham Square. You wont believe this, but I still remember your telephone number, simply because you told me that should I forget it, it comes to 999 it was 63963. Hope you remember me Dave.

By Dave Tregunno (25/04/2012)

Hi Andy, We had a family party for my father in July 2006 to celebrate his 80th birthday but unfortunately he had a fall at home 2 months later and broke his neck. The part of the spine that was damaged also affected his breathing and he sadly passed away 5 days later. Dad loved it when he was painting and decorating and taught me his skills so I now do all our decorating. He was a lovely man and we all still miss him very much. Thank you for your reply.

By Vanessa Crouch (nee Trangmar) (04/05/2012)

Hi Dave, Thank you for your comments. As far as I can remember, I used to go to the Florida rooms near the Palace Pier and the Starlight rooms in Montpelier Road with a group of friends, one of which was probably you but I'm afraid my memory isn't as good as it used to be! My mum wasn't a hairdresser but I did live in Pelham Square, although not the corner house. You certainly have a great memory if you can remember my old telephone number. I had completely forgotten it but you have now jogged my memory and I'm sure you're correct. Well done!

By Vanessa Crouch (nee Trangmar) (05/05/2012)

Hi Vanessa. Here I was thinking that you were still looking for me lol, but no I wasn't one of your gang, I used to come down and meet you by train from London and I used to walk you back down the hill to the square where you lived in the corner. Well I thought it was the corner, but then you used to come back to the station with me to get my train back to London. It was the Starlight Rooms that we went to - a very dingey place but good at the time. I even remember first meeting you near the Palace Pier- we met every Saturday or Sunday depending if I had the money to get down to you. It was 1963 or 64 not sure, the last time we met was when we went to see the old banger I drove down there in which broke down near the bowling alley - it was freezing. I've always remembered your number by what you said how not to forget it. I still love Brighton but it's not the same without you LOL. your broken hearted Dave

By Dave Tregunno (07/05/2012)

Hi Vanessa. I am sorry to hear about your dad - that is so sad - what a great guy he was. I was just remembering me and your dad bought a watch each from Les the carpenter and we were trying to decide which watch he wanted and which one I wanted. I think Doug ended up buying the silver one and I bought the black pulsar one. I also found out Les the carpenter passed away 4 years ago - also sad to hear that. RIP Doug - will always remember you as a great guy.

By Andy Law (25/07/2012)

As a child, I often visited my grandparents at 5 Pelham Square, this was min the late 1950s to mid 1960s.

By Trevor Trangmar (06/10/2013)

Hi Vanessa, I believe my grandmother knew some of your relatives because she arrived from Switzerland in 1932 to become governess to the Stanmer family at Preston Manor. She then, after World War II, purchased an entire row of houses in Brunswick Square, Hove and the ones adjoining at Brunswick Street West.  Anyway, I believe that there was something that your family had business-wise that my grandmother may have invested in or had involvement in, but I may have to concur with my aunt and uncle.

By Raymond Francis (26/04/2015)

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