'The girl's old man ribbed me senseless!'

Trevor's recollection of clothing from the way they wore series.

By Lu Pearson

Photo:Trevor and Mum at the Donkey Derby

Trevor and Mum at the Donkey Derby

Photo from the WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Trevor on his motorbike

Trevor on his motorbike

From the WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Trevor, in the middle

Trevor, in the middle

Photo from the WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:A gearbox change in the snow

A gearbox change in the snow

Photo from the WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Trevor: 'My very own tank, a Conqueror ARV Mk 2, the last running in BAOR. Although it wasn't when this picture was taken'.

Trevor: 'My very own tank, a Conqueror ARV Mk 2, the last running in BAOR. Although it wasn't when this picture was taken'.

Photo from the WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Trrevor, fifth from the left in the front next to the PTI

Trrevor, fifth from the left in the front next to the PTI

Photo from the WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Trevor is born and bred in Portslade. He spent his halcyon years riding around the area in a leather jacket (on loan from a friend), and on his motorbike, visiting coffee shops before swapping his clobber for army gear and National service....

'I worked on a farm at Truleigh Hill, so for me, Brighton was full of strange people!'

Country Bumpkin

'At the back entrance of the 'Regent' cinema, (where Boots is now in Brighton), there was a posh coffee bar frequented by kids into fashion - I never was and felt like a country bumpkin. I had everything I needed here in Portslade. The coffee bars did have a juke box, coke, and those Gaggia coffee machines. I used to hang out in Dell's Café and sometimes Rio's in North Street. For a while I frequented the 'Soup Kitchen' in Upper Market Street'.

Leather Jackets

'When I went out, I always wore pegged jeans, stripey jumpers and sweaters, with the sleeves rolled up, or a t-shirt on my motorbike. My going out clobber was no different from my day gear. I had lime green and orange socks, winkle pickers, and in the '60's a duffle coat. 19 bob it cost - a whole lot of money, my favourite fashion house was the Army Surplus Stores in George Street Hove.  I spent a lot of time in a leather jacket, they didn't cost so much then. I did a swap with a mate for it. I used to borrow his leather jacket for months at a time'.

'I remember I had to wear shorts on a date once as I had nothing else to wear. The girl's old man ribbed me senseless!'

Traditions

'We went down to my Gran's (at Christmas) so we had to dress up a bit. We used to pay a penny to make a calendar at Christmas at school. On Christmas Eve, my Dad would come home with a tree strapped to the side of his bike. We would all put it up on Christmas Eve and decorate it with real candles and tinsel.  Mum would bake sausage rolls and prepare the dinner, On Christmas day we would open presents, the men would go to the Portland Pub. When they came home they played billiards on the table which would be converted for us to eat dinner off. The men then washed up in the kitchen. On Boxing Day, other family members would come to you, you'd stuff yourself solid over the two days. Cinnamon and nutmeg would be added to the apple pie. Then on the 27th you'd have to go back to work'.

The Army

'When I joined the Army I was quite proud of my uniform. In truth I probably looked a right div. My beret was so big that I'm sure that if I could have run fast enough I would have taken off.  Battle dress was still all the rage and the shirt were Khaki K F. I think the K F stood for camel fur, goodness did they itch'.

'I was an "A" vehicle mechanic" working on tanks. I chose tanks because they were harder to break. I spent most of my time in overalls as black as your hat'.

'I was pretty fit in those days, you had to be. A tank clutch would weigh three hundredweights. I used to wear women's tights on exercise as temperatures were often as low as minus twenty seven degrees. Spanners would stick to your fingers and you would have to put them in warm water to get them off without removing skin'.

'Physical exercise was of great importance and we would have a five mile run before starting work. I used to throw the hammer and was in the Divisional Tug of War team'.

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to the illustrator Hannah Eaton and Trevor Povey who acted as the series Historian.

The reminiscence facilitators during these sessions were Imogen Christie and Nicola Benge.

This page was added by Lu Pearson on 07/06/2009.

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