Sheila Braidwood

From St Peter's Infants' School to Portslade Community College

By Nicola Benge

I must have just started school, I went to St Peters Infants. I remember my dad had a tradesman bike, which had the basket over the front wheel. The odd occasion he would take me to school, I would sit in the basket with my legs dangling over the front of the basket. I don't expect that lasted for long, as even at that young age we use to take ourselves off to school on our own or with friends.

Fishersgate Halt

It was very rare for either parent to either take or pick me from school, unless there was something special on. I used to have to cross over the iron bridge at Fishersgate Halt. When a train came along we used to stand in the steam, unless it was black smoke, when we would get covered in ash etc.

Portslade Community College

Eventually I went to Benfield Juniors and then onto Portslade Secondary Modern for Girls, which of course is now Portslade Community College. I left there 1967, went to work for Sainsburys, until I joined the W.R.A.F in October 1969. But that's another story!

Photo:Shelia Braidwood as a Baby

Shelia Braidwood as a Baby

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Sheila Braidwood - Last Year at Primary School St Peter's Portslade

Sheila Braidwood - Last Year at Primary School St Peter's Portslade

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Sheila Braidwood in the WRAF

Sheila Braidwood in the WRAF

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

This page was added by Nicola Benge on 10/01/2008.

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