NOSTALGIA: Dancing amid the Eastbourne bombings

Class 4B at Cavendish School more than 80 years ago
Class 4B at Cavendish School more than 80 years ago

Ann Smith has sent in her memories and this lovely photograph of her class at Cavendish School in the 1920s and can recall all but three of her fellow classmates.

Ann, who lives in Northbourne Road, was born 93 years ago at the family home in Ashford Road.

She writes, “My mother Annie Elizabeth Constable was born in the same house and my grandmother and great grandmother also lived there.

“My mother, born in 1885, died aged 85 in the same house as did my sister aged 88 in 2013. I think we must be one of the longest and oldest families in Eastbourne and the house is still in the family now.

“My Scottish father, James Elliott Fisher, was shot in the elbow during the First World War and was being treated in the Summerdown Camp. Father went back to the war and on his return came back to Eastbourne to marry my mother.

“The history of my mother’s family, the Constables, can be traced back to 1605 when they owned tenements in Jevington, West Dean, East Dean, and Alfriston.

“I spent the years of WWII in Eastbourne as I was retained to look after and nurse a colonel in Meads. I saw a lot of bombings and there were no warnings so it was a very frightening time. I was also machine gunned in Darley Road behind All Saints Hospital, three times when the Germans were shooting at sheep in the fields there.

“There were enjoyable times as well though and I went dancing at the Winter Garden all through the war.”

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