Prams – this used to be a common sight at one time


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Ian Johnson… Ya wouldn’t risk it now

Lyn Frankley Appleyard… Crikey ~ yes different era!

Alan Esdaile… and everyone felt safe

Monica Bane… How so very very true. Alanx

Jim Breeds… Alan, Well, the babies did, ‘cos they didn’t know any different!

Leigh Mitchell… My Mum left my brother outside a shop, when she came out my Dad (who at the time was a bus conductor) was passing on his bus, merrily waving at each other, she walked home and her landlady said ‘where’s baby’. Mum got so distracted seeing Dad she’d left him outside the shop!  P.S. Must just mention this was 70 years ago

Kathy Wood… The first time my mum took me out she ‘parked ‘ me outside Tescos, did her shopping, went home and was wondering what was missing….obviously it was me in my pram, still outside the shop

Patricia Burgess… Weren’t the pram great, looking at what they use today . Could not put baby out to sleep in the back garden

Mick O’Dowd… Couldn’t take one of those in the shops not like they do with buggies etc today!

Jim Breeds… My Dad took me in a pram to Ore Post Office. Then he walked home to our flat in Rock Lane and realised he had left me outside the shop! As if that wasn’t bad enough, I was 23 at the time! 😮 (The first sentence is true, the second may not be).

Lyn Humphrey… I drove one of those–when I was only weeks old!

Steve Hamilton… I’ll never forget a runaway pram going down Old London Road in ’78 – I guess a distracted parent collecting another child at Sacred Heart – straight into the road and came to a standstill at a parked car on the other side.

Paul Coleman… Seems quite common reading this. My mum did exactly the same all those years ago. I think it was either Sainsbury or Woolworths where I was left to snooze.

David Hazleton… wow all those go karts !!

The Disc Jockey’s Hastings Carnival float , 1959

supplied by Leigh Kennedy – Historical Hastings facebook group.

Alan Esdaile… Any idea who the group is playing?

Roy Penfold… From the HH group – ‘Possibly the Dolphin Jazz Band’ : Aviva Treger comments… My Dad played the trumpet in the Dolphin Jazz Band – their poster is on the front of the truck. I think they might even be in the main photo, facing away from the camera on the float itself. The person standing has a double bass, the person to the far right a trombone. So, by the strangest coincidence, my Dad is probably in this photo.

Dave Nattress… Would never have thought the Disc Jockey was a sold as to do 1959! Is this George Street? Was thinking just the other day, way before it was pedestianised we used to drive along there and I think, emphasise think, it was wide enough for car-parking one side – south, and for vehicles to pass but is this faded memory wrong?

Roy Penfold…It was certainly wide enough. I remember driving along there until at least about 1980 or so.

Leigh Kennedy… it was pedestrianised in 1988.