supplied by Peter Ellingworth
Peter’s father Roy Ellingworth did the woodwork on the building
Peter Houghton… Great picture
Tracy Birrell… My daydream home for 65 years. I have many photos of me swooning outside.
Peter Ellingworth… If I remember correctly, my late father worked on this including woodwork for the roof when it was being renovated in the 50’s early ’60’s, as there was a lot of dry rot amd I think the residue of some wartime damage. My parents noticed the house on a postcard while back on holiday in Hastings – my father’s reaction was more one of bemusement, as to him at the time it was just another dollar, another day, another job. Remember this was before the Old Town came into fashion the way it is now. He also did a lot of work on the then 1964 ? new Lifeboat House, and got on well with the Old Towners to the extent of being invited to the Winkle Club, one of the few non Old Towners that was as far as I know. He also missed the gas explosion in 1963 ? that destroyed some property at the Hastings end of George Street by about twenty minutes- half hour as he was on a job nearby. He didn’t get too fazed by this – like many of his generation he had plenty of near misses in WW2 !