'...Canadians would get you nylons and chocolate..'

Elizabeth Court Reminisce About Lesiure Time

By Lu Pearson

Photo: Illustrative image for the ''...Canadians would get you nylons and chocolate..'' page

Photo from the WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo: Illustrative image for the ''...Canadians would get you nylons and chocolate..'' page

Photo from the WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo: Illustrative image for the ''...Canadians would get you nylons and chocolate..'' page

Photo from the WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

The group recall the varied ways they spent their leisure time.
Joan

'Would go to the cinema, the Rothbury, dancing at the co-op along Portland Road. There was one place in Brighton that you just wouldn't go, called Sherry's, it was rough and known to have a bit of a reputation for loose women and ladies wouldn't go there by themselves. I would often go cycling with 2 or 3 neighbours and would go off to Steyning for a day'.

Gwen

'Like Joan I would go cycling to Newtimber, or would go ice-skating. Then I moved to Gosport. Would always go out on a Sunday and come home Sunday tea of salad before getting ready to go out to film. I never went to Sherry's did hear that the Canadians would get you nylons and chocolate'.

Ron

'I met Gwen when I was about 14 and so most of my time off was spent with Gwen. The job at weekends was always to look after the bikes make sure they were all safe ready for bike rides'.

Derek

'At weekends I would cycle all over the place in Sussex, Hampshire and Kent.  One time I cycled to Southampton it's 63 miles there, took me about six hours each way.  Another time I cycled up to London'.

Joyce

'When I was in London I did lots of Rollerskating, then when I moved to Brighton I was involved in local government and politics. Also went out boozing quite a lot because of the war there wasn't much else to do'.

Mary

'I used to go cycling on a tandem with my sister, and would go dancing and to the pictures'.

Betty

'I used to go to the Regent at the end of the West Pier. They would have a big band for dancing, but sometimes I would go to the cider bar. Later I joined the Territorial Army (TA) and I met my husband.  We went camping in Cornwell with the TA and I really enjoy it'.

Acknowledgements

The Elizabeth Court Reminiscence sessions were facilitated by WRVS volunteers Rod Patterson and Lyn Strong.

This page was added by Lu Pearson on 14/05/2009.

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