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For a short period in 1943 we lived at No 2 Upper Cottages in Ovingdean. We lost our home in Rifle Butt Road in Brighton during the bombing. As my father, Percy Lander, worked for Percy Filkins, who farmed Ovingdean Grange Farm, Mr Filkins allowed us to live at No 2 until Brighton Council could re-house us. Although only three years old I have many memories of that short but happy time. Feeding the pigs in the pigsty located to the left of the cottages. Being given doughnuts by the Canadian soldiers who were stationed in the large school and it's grounds. I also have memories of Mr and Mrs Filkins and their daughter. On returning now to the area most of the buildings that I remember as working farm buildings with access to all have now been turned into yuppy accomodation with 'Private Keep Out' signs all over the place. The Filkin's would be most upset with the new Ovingdean as they gave access to all and were only too happy to show people arround.

By Vic Lander (06/09/2009)

I have a photo taken which was in the newspapers (I don't know which one but I think it was the Daily Mirror). I was five years old and the caption reads "Five-year old Valerie Robins, on holiday from Cape Town, helping with the harvest on Mr Percy Firkin's farm at Rottingdean, Sussex. I am now 67 and would love to send it to the Firkins.

By Val Hibberd (25/05/2010)

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