Gifford Boyd camera centre, Robertson Street, Hastings. photo by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Oliver Leonard… That red Peugeot 309 has long been scrapped

Angela Gardner… I bought my camera in the many years ago.

Jeremy Harrison… Very reasonable prices at the time. They sold Russian and East German cameras before the wall came down.

John Mcewen… I got my zenith E in there in the mid 70s. Still got it!

Jeremy Harrison… John, they introduced so many people to serious photography. Doing mail order and advertising in the big magazines I thought GB would last forever.

Chris Meachen… I  used to be in there on an almost daily basis, so much so that they would allow me to borrow gear to try out. I still have the cameras & lenses I bought there in the 70’s..

Jim Breeds… Chris, I still have a camera that I was bought from there when I was 8 (1962).

Stephen Moran… me too Jim, I bought a Zenit E and later traded it in for a Pentax ME Super!

Peter Fairless… Stephen, I did exactly the same!

Stephen Moran… Brilliant Peter! I still use my 35mm camera!

Remember Gifford Boyd for cameras and Shaver! – adverts 1965 & late 50’s

Josie Lawson… Yes I remember well. My dad used to go there. My friends dad worked there and due to funds needed I had to sell my camera to them I didn’t want too.

Martin Richter… I think i’ve got one of them!

Chris Meachen… Used to spend half my lunch breaks in there, chatting to Bruce & trying out new bits of kit…

Angela Frances Gardner… I had a box brownie with 8 frames to each film and only black and white pictures! I loved my camera it was £2 with a case and two films, my best birthday present I was 14. I still have the pictures and some of the negatives this was in 1968!

Nicola Dobson… I had a box brownie too loved it

Roger Simmonds… Took good photos still have many !

Andy Davies… I’m pretty sure Gifford Boyd was my godfather, my Dad used to sail a Merlin Rocket dinghy with him, and I had a Kodak Brownie, which I don’t think was actually very good!

Roger Plested… I worked there in the darkroom in 1954

David & Amanda Kent… I remember Bruce. I think I knew his brother also but can’t remember the family name.