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Hi Alan yes I remember you glad to know there are still some of us around I remember you came back to a pad I was living in it was the size of a cupboard just get a bed in it.You told me you would rather sleep on the beach ha.I was sad to hear that Monk died a while ago good mate of mine.I am still in Brighton and I often walk past subway how diff it is there now,of course a guy was mentioning blues jim on here.I saw him the other day he still rides his bike in his 80s now.Great memories union hall and him on the piano take care mate.
I used to work at Plummer Roddis in 1971 on the make-up counter, my first full-time job. I remember the store lift, a bouncy affair, with bright brassy concertina type door. The lift operator, yes that was his job, always had difficulty stopping the lift in line with the shop floor! You used half your lunch break negotiating your way through the Fawlty Towers type stairs and passageways to the staff room. I earned very little there, but remember giving half my salary on a weekly basis to a shop called Maggs, which was somewhere opposite, near the cinema (now Waitrose) until I could finally pay for and own the most beautiful purple satin trouser suit.
What a great place this was, I used to travel down from Derby to see a friend who lived in Brighton, well Hove actually! We used to eat there, it was like nothing else we had in Derby at the time, 1979 – 1981 have some fotos somewhere of me standing against the menu box outside, great times.
Where was the Stanmore Hotel in Brighton in the 1970’s?
I was at SPC from 1958 to 1961. My family knew the Peter & Louise Gent from Sheffield, where Mr. Gent was an administrator in British Railways. The Leylands Rd site was next to a housing estate with a road already prepared for the breakthrough and when I returned c. 1990 it was uncanny to see that the trees one had climbed were now in someone’s garden.
The other long boundary was with Marle Place, which was a Borstal. I think Jimmy Edwards must have had some investment in the school, he treated us all to ices out of his freezer after setting up an outing to RAF Tangmere.
I beg to differ re Jack Farquharson, he was ex RFC in WW1, taught geography and always seemed cheerful to me. Other teachers included Mr Horne (Maths), Alistair Rattray (English & History, Mr Stafford. Secretary was Miss Stevenson. I’m finding this page really interesting.
There was a Friends United page on SPC; I hope this correspondence continues. I have a few photographs.
Thank you so much, Dr Mead. That’s brilliant.
I don’t suppose you know whether the following would be accurate….. “Straight ahead lay two oak doors – although they opened easily enough as she passed through into the main entrance hall.”
And, would there have been a reception desk on the ground floor of the building? If so, would the following be an accurate description of where the register office would be if you were the receptionist giving directions: “He pointed to the left and said, ‘Straight up the stairs and first on the left.’”
Assuming the above isn’t accurate it would be amazing if you knew what would be accurate.
Thanks again for your help.