Remember donkeys on Hastings beach ? 1980’s.

photo: Phil Sellens

Stuart Moir… Then along came the PC brigade and complained that they were mal nourished badly treated and didn’t want to do what was asked but if that was the case the donkey would have been able to object by stopping and we all know how hard it would have been to make it move

Colin Fox… I think they also said that they had to get insurance in case anyone got hurt.

Dizz Corinne Ryder… I used to spend my pocket money on them and the trampolines!

Tony Court-holmes… did not like

Wendy Weaver… I remember where they used to stand – my dog used to make straight for that area to roll in the poo and then we’d have to take him straight home for a bath

Pete Houghton… It’s was a shame it stopped the were treated with respect as someone said if they did not want to move they would not and they walked on sand

Nicola Barfield… Omg bring my childhood back from when we came from Germany to here to see nanny donkeys shops etc on pier the old bathing pool distant memories such a shame bring fun revenue to the town in a positive way

Jack Irving… Poor donkeys.

Kev Carleonis… Pure cruelty

Coco Pops… The Chimps were bad enough I never saw the poor Donkeys.


Punishment at School – did you get the cane or the ruler?

Phil Gill… It was always the gym slipper at Hastings Grammar School. I was slippered once in five years and I’ve lived opposite the teacher who slippered me for over 30 years now. My house is bigger than his, so I guess I won.

Geoff Peckham… That’s sort of weird, Phil!

Nigel Sherwood… Remarkably I got away with it during my 5 years Phil

Ian Brown… I did but not from Jimmy Edwards

Geoff Peckham… I had the slipper (plimsoll), the cane, a knuckle on top of the head, a ruler on the knuckle and other wacky wacks. I was probably a guinea pig. I was certainly very naughty. Never did me any harm though……

Jan Warren… If you don’t eat ya meat, you can’t have any pudding!! Haha – didn’t do us any harm!!  Lines ,,,,,,,,,,, we had lines and I remember being severely punished for wearing “John Lennon” glasses in class!! Anyway, it never did us any harm, I think kids these days don’t have enough discipline, they need the basics, wrong from right and to respect others, its just logic really?!!


Jim Hobbs… Stand still will yee

Maggie Geary… Ruler when learning to type!!!

Andy Qunta… Yup! Cane & slipper. They said it would make a man out of me! Hmm…!

Martin Richter…  P.E. torture!

Peter J Brazier… The dreaded Slipper (Mr Fulton Hart’s “Toe Joe”)

Chris Meachen… I managed to get the cane, but only once..

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