Coastal Reflections - Life in the deans in the 1930s,40s and 50s: recollections of local life, before, during and just after the war years
Coastal Reflections in a marvelous collection of stories and memories of life in Ovingdean, Rottingdean, Woodingdean and Saltdean from the 1930s to 1950s compiled by noted local-based author Christine Foster.
The recollections are sometimes humorous, sometimes thought provoking and sometimes very sobering, bringing day to day events into focus through the experiences of the young (often children) people who were growing up as the urban Deans developed and then war-time took hold.
The book has been funded by The Co-op Local Community Fund and will raise funds for The Saltdean Community Charity (no 270950).
The book is available to buy for £5 from:
The Grange Gallery in Rottingdean
The Rottingdean Open Art Cafe
And The Laughing Dog in Brighton Marina.
Cover illustrations by Amanda Davidson.
An excerpt from the book about the Messcherschmitt 109 German aircraft that was shot down near Harvey's Cross, Saltdean in October 1940.
The book is dedicated to all the residents of the The Deans past and present with special gratitude to the contributors:
Robert Coe - Edna Godfree - Judith Grant - Patricia Greenwood - Peter Jobbins - Ivor Levett - Shelia Miles - Brian & Pat Page - Colin Piper - Kathleen Reece - Bob Richardson - David Rose - Joan Rose - June Slimmon - David Smith - Peter Titchener - Tony Towner - Gordon Tucknott - Barbara Whatley - Don Williams - Antony Willey and Christopher & Lesley Wrapson.
Mary Mears, Douglas d'Enno, Darren Skilton & Gaston Mallia of ZoneZine, Deryck Chester, The Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company, The Saltdean Lido Trust, The Saltdean Residents Association, Maria Mariott, The Deans Senior Tea Club, Jon Ray, Eve Longthorn, Peter Grove, Sarah Haybittle, Matthew Ebeling, Gary May, Dr Geoffrey Mead, My Brighton & Hove, and Impact Initiatives, Brighton.