Heritage talk paints picture of ’50s Brighton

BUCKET and spade holidays, trolley buses and two piers were features of 1950s Brighton.

The picture of a very different time to today’s city will be painted at the next Southwick Society illustrated Heritage Talk.

Chris Horlock, a local historian and popular author, will be speaking at Southwick Community Centre on Monday, October 13, at 7.30pm.

Society secretary Nigel Divers said: “Chris is great speaker and he has a fascinating story to tell of a lost world and how we used to live.

“This is the second in our new series of Heritage Talks and everybody is welcome to join us.”

Mr Divers said there will be things that are familiar and others that may seem strange.

Brighton Tigers were an immensely popular ice hockey team, smartly dressed Promettes greeted visitors on the seafront, there were shows in the theatre on the West Pier and trolley buses ran in the streets.

There was no Churchill Square but there were large department stores such as Hanningtons, Wades and the Co-op.

“Fast food was fish and chips but the first coffee bars were opening, there was dancing in the Regent Ballroom and it seemed every street had a cinema – the Astoria with its organ, the Savoy, the Essoldo, the academy and the Curzon to name but a few.”

Entry is £4 (£2 Southwick Society members).