Sun Lounge St Leonards-on-Sea – deckchair fire 1978

Phil Gill… Didn’t think 1978 was that hot.

Wendy Weaver… When I first came down here in 1979 there were deckchairs lined up along the prom every morning. They were packed up every evening and many mornings I would get into the office to see a pile of burned deckchairs Yobbos used to pour lighter fuel onto the canvas and set light to it. They would be in their 50s now, I wonder if they still feel proud of what they did?

Kevin Carlyon… Days there were deckchairs

Dan Mcdonald… In all honesty I think The Conquest accident and emergency department of the day were a bit pleased as the times I’ve done myself an injury on those things in the past lol

 

Prince McBride and His Band and Queenie McBride

 

All photos supplied by Captain Denis Turner

Captain Denis Turner… I have enclosed some pictures of my Uncle, Prince McBride and his Band plus a picture of my aunt Queenie McBride. Queenie was the younger sister of Prince and sang with the Band when down from Yorkshire.  The Mcbrides were all entertainers, my grandparents were dancers, my mother Janetta was also a dancer. Prince was a pianist and bandleader and Queenie was a singer (Light Operatta) My daughter Sara (a Psychodynanic Psychotherapist ) has taken up the batton, in so far as she is a drummer ( part time ) with a number of Jazz bands in Oxford and London.The photos were all taken in the 1930/40s unfortunately i cannot be more accurate .

Alan Esdaile… I remember seeing Prince McBride on the pier, The Sun Lounge and The White Rock Pavilion. I don’t think I ever saw Queenie which I expect the photo was taken inside St Clements Caves. Anyone confirm the venue of the band photos?

Janine Anne Scott… Such a gent. His Son, Alan, played the drums.

Jim Breeds… Great photos!

Keith Cowper… I remember him playing at The Sun Lounge in St Leonard’s way back when !

Carol Arnold… Ahhh and Eugiene and his serenaders at sun lounge when i was a kid .

Dennis Torrance… I seen them also in 60’s at the sun lounge also not forgetting the park first lawn on a weds night fireworks during summer it’s amazing brought back so memories even the green and cream stage.

Michelle Ryder… I’m tracing my family tree and it turns out Prince and Queenie are relatives. Would love some more information. Fab photos btw!

Geoff Brown… Hi My Mother was Queenie Mcbride