LETTER: Journey back to childhood

Through your newspaper I should be grateful if you could convey my thanks to the many locals I encountered in Eastbourne during my stay there during the week beginning August 29.

My journey was to retrace where I had lived and gone to school as a child of seven years in 1947 and during the course of those few days I encountered genuine interest in my quest, information to help me on my way and a friendliness that kept my heart warm. The list is long but by way of a reminder it includes the couple who directed me on the bus to Green Street, the lady I sat with in Motcombe Park, the young man, a teacher who lives in Gore Park Road, another young man with the two dogs waiting for a bus going towards The Goffs, the two ladies I met near Brightside Road, and the architect who has an office near Brightside Road.

Apart from that I found the beautiful Church of St Mary the Virgin a positive sanctuary from the heat outside, plus the friendly approach from those I encountered in the Tourist Information Office and the local library. Thank you all.

Mostly my journey was a success but sadly I had to leave before I was able to find or pinpoint where St Mary’s School for Girls is or was as it may have been demolished. As I live in Cumbria it is not that simple to come to Eastbourne! If anyone does have information on the position and fate of the school or perhaps a photograph I would be delighted to know.

Ann L Clark (nee Bale)

Penrith, Cumbria

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