11 things children growing up in 1980s Brighton experienced

Cheggers at the Royal Pavilion for a Brighton broadcast of the Multicoloured Swap Shop

Cheggers at the Royal Pavilion for a Brighton broadcast of the Multicoloured Swap Shop

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Did you grow up in Brighton during the 1980s? Then take our trip down memory lane . . .

And if you have any more, feel free to add them in the comments section below the article and share the nostalgia with other readers.

1. Going to see the Athina B ship after it ran aground east of Palace Pier

The Argus:

 

2. Cheggers, Pookiesnackenburger, the Albion's Michael Robinson and the Portslade Community Choir on Swap Shop at Pavilion Gardens in 1981


Video kindly found on YouTube by Graham Peacock

 

3. The three-day teachers strike during the heatwave of 1985

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4. Trying to get in to Coasters, whatever their age

The Argus:
Picture of Coasters taken by Simona Connelly

 

5. Tuesday night at the Top Rank Suite - over 14s allowed

The Argus:

 

6. Skateboarding or roller-booting around Churchill Square and the seafront

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7. Shopping at Potters Menswear

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8. Writing their name in Quadrophenia Alley

The Argus: Picture by Rob Harris on Flickr

 

9. Getting chucked out of the Dolphinarium

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10. Watching The Albion play in the FA Cup Final. The town stood still.

 

11. Trying to ride Volks railway for free (and get a look at the nudist beach)

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4:20pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Herbertfarquarson says...

How about another one: Reading the Argus now and again.
How about another one: Reading the Argus now and again. Herbertfarquarson
  • Score: 12

4:46pm Tue 18 Mar 14

fred clause says...

Loved Potters got all my 2-Tone clobber from in there
Loved Potters got all my 2-Tone clobber from in there fred clause
  • Score: 9

4:51pm Tue 18 Mar 14

concernedofBrighton says...

Brings back memories! Although I was in my early 20's back in the 80's!

I remember the Argus being a decent local newspaper back then too.
Brings back memories! Although I was in my early 20's back in the 80's! I remember the Argus being a decent local newspaper back then too. concernedofBrighton
  • Score: 22

4:55pm Tue 18 Mar 14

twonk says...

Wasn't the Athina B EAST of the pier?
Wasn't the Athina B EAST of the pier? twonk
  • Score: 12

5:04pm Tue 18 Mar 14

pingurama says...

what about the legendary pirates deep! or was that early 90s...?
what about the legendary pirates deep! or was that early 90s...? pingurama
  • Score: 21

5:09pm Tue 18 Mar 14

concernedofBrighton says...

twonk wrote:
Wasn't the Athina B EAST of the pier?
Correct!

It ran out of control west of the Palace Pier but as you say it ran aground on
the East side, the siting of the anchor near the Volks Railway station is testament to that fact.

I remember it being a really foggy day when it was pulled clear of the beach.
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: Wasn't the Athina B EAST of the pier?[/p][/quote]Correct! It ran out of control west of the Palace Pier but as you say it ran aground on the East side, the siting of the anchor near the Volks Railway station is testament to that fact. I remember it being a really foggy day when it was pulled clear of the beach. concernedofBrighton
  • Score: 8

8:54pm Tue 18 Mar 14

shining star says...

Love Pic 9. showing where, in the 60's the old Florida Rooms were.
Love Pic 9. showing where, in the 60's the old Florida Rooms were. shining star
  • Score: 3

8:55pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Seagull68 says...

What????? No mention of the Goldstone ground and getting in for £2 in the North Stand. Got to be one of my favourite memories of the 80's. Still a season ticket holder today. As much as I love The Amex , pictures/video's of The Goldstone still makes my hairs on my neck stand up.
What????? No mention of the Goldstone ground and getting in for £2 in the North Stand. Got to be one of my favourite memories of the 80's. Still a season ticket holder today. As much as I love The Amex , pictures/video's of The Goldstone still makes my hairs on my neck stand up. Seagull68
  • Score: 7

8:59pm Tue 18 Mar 14

BURIRAM says...

Getting some free broken cornets from one of the many ice cream vans on the estates and a Mr Whippy on a Sunday.
Getting some free broken cornets from one of the many ice cream vans on the estates and a Mr Whippy on a Sunday. BURIRAM
  • Score: 1

9:17pm Tue 18 Mar 14

cynic_the says...

twonk wrote:
Wasn't the Athina B EAST of the pier?
Your East or my East? Depends which way you look at it....
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: Wasn't the Athina B EAST of the pier?[/p][/quote]Your East or my East? Depends which way you look at it.... cynic_the
  • Score: -19

9:42pm Tue 18 Mar 14

the old funker says...

I love this. Brighton is wonderful, but like the good old days. Ahhh ! the good old days, young free and single and the Government had to devise new laws to stop us doing what we were doing.
I love this. Brighton is wonderful, but like the good old days. Ahhh ! the good old days, young free and single and the Government had to devise new laws to stop us doing what we were doing. the old funker
  • Score: 15

11:29pm Tue 18 Mar 14

notaconspiracy says...

I was at college (BTC) in the 80s. Does anyone else remember the folk with clipboards who used to stand around in Duke Street and ask you to 'complete a questionnaire' - I was told they were Scientology recruiters.

Or the tramp ("got 10 pence mate?"), who was probably only in his 30s? I wonder what happened to him?
I was at college (BTC) in the 80s. Does anyone else remember the folk with clipboards who used to stand around in Duke Street and ask you to 'complete a questionnaire' - I was told they were Scientology recruiters. Or the tramp ("got 10 pence mate?"), who was probably only in his 30s? I wonder what happened to him? notaconspiracy
  • Score: 18

1:05am Wed 19 Mar 14

Alison Smith says...

Being able to park outside your own house for free!
Being able to park outside your own house for free! Alison Smith
  • Score: 21

11:10am Wed 19 Mar 14

Jo Wadsworth says...

cynic_the wrote:
twonk wrote:
Wasn't the Athina B EAST of the pier?
Your East or my East? Depends which way you look at it....
We've changed that now - thanks for pointing out the blunder :)
[quote][p][bold]cynic_the[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: Wasn't the Athina B EAST of the pier?[/p][/quote]Your East or my East? Depends which way you look at it....[/p][/quote]We've changed that now - thanks for pointing out the blunder :) Jo Wadsworth
  • Score: 0

11:37am Wed 19 Mar 14

leedsnowfan says...

How about the Storm of 1987? Or when Concorde flew over for the Grand Hotel re-opening?
How about the Storm of 1987? Or when Concorde flew over for the Grand Hotel re-opening? leedsnowfan
  • Score: 7

1:30pm Wed 19 Mar 14

hubby says...

Sherrys and the Bonsoir.
Linden drinking club before pubs were open all day.
Sherrys and the Bonsoir. Linden drinking club before pubs were open all day. hubby
  • Score: 8

1:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ReluctantHousewife says...

LOVE THIS TIM! :)
LOVE THIS TIM! :) ReluctantHousewife
  • Score: -3

5:00pm Wed 19 Mar 14

special brew says...

Now. Shoplifting, spliffs, abusing elders.
Now. Shoplifting, spliffs, abusing elders. special brew
  • Score: 2

5:32pm Wed 19 Mar 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

notaconspiracy wrote:
I was at college (BTC) in the 80s. Does anyone else remember the folk with clipboards who used to stand around in Duke Street and ask you to 'complete a questionnaire' - I was told they were Scientology recruiters.

Or the tramp ("got 10 pence mate?"), who was probably only in his 30s? I wonder what happened to him?
Yeah, they were scientologits. I was a teenager then and they got me to do a 'personality test' and then proceeded to stalk me by calling and writing personal letters to me for years afterwards! My mum was not happy!
[quote][p][bold]notaconspiracy[/bold] wrote: I was at college (BTC) in the 80s. Does anyone else remember the folk with clipboards who used to stand around in Duke Street and ask you to 'complete a questionnaire' - I was told they were Scientology recruiters. Or the tramp ("got 10 pence mate?"), who was probably only in his 30s? I wonder what happened to him?[/p][/quote]Yeah, they were scientologits. I was a teenager then and they got me to do a 'personality test' and then proceeded to stalk me by calling and writing personal letters to me for years afterwards! My mum was not happy! thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 2

5:34pm Wed 19 Mar 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

Scientologists I mean, although scientologits is probably more appropriate.
Scientologists I mean, although scientologits is probably more appropriate. thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 6

6:25pm Wed 19 Mar 14

hubby says...

Jimmy Savile doing the Radio One roadshow.
Jimmy Savile doing the Radio One roadshow. hubby
  • Score: 0

6:31pm Wed 19 Mar 14

hubby says...

Brightons music scene in the 80's was amazing.
Peter and the Test Tube babies.
The Dodgems.
Pirhanas.
Nights out at the Alhambra.
Brightons music scene in the 80's was amazing. Peter and the Test Tube babies. The Dodgems. Pirhanas. Nights out at the Alhambra. hubby
  • Score: 4

7:02am Thu 20 Mar 14

Grumpy0ldman says...

notaconspiracy wrote:
I was at college (BTC) in the 80s. Does anyone else remember the folk with clipboards who used to stand around in Duke Street and ask you to 'complete a questionnaire' - I was told they were Scientology recruiters.

Or the tramp ("got 10 pence mate?"), who was probably only in his 30s? I wonder what happened to him?
He writes for the argus now lol
[quote][p][bold]notaconspiracy[/bold] wrote: I was at college (BTC) in the 80s. Does anyone else remember the folk with clipboards who used to stand around in Duke Street and ask you to 'complete a questionnaire' - I was told they were Scientology recruiters. Or the tramp ("got 10 pence mate?"), who was probably only in his 30s? I wonder what happened to him?[/p][/quote]He writes for the argus now lol Grumpy0ldman
  • Score: 4

8:37am Thu 20 Mar 14

bentcousin says...

The Inn Place, (dub reggae, tangerine temple), Squatting, Acid House at The Zap, Glue on the Race Hill, tombstoning off the Pier, decent community press, bootleg tapes, the promise of a new Ice Skate Rink, smashing up the Sciencetology shop in Dukes Lane.....
The Inn Place, (dub reggae, tangerine temple), Squatting, Acid House at The Zap, Glue on the Race Hill, tombstoning off the Pier, decent community press, bootleg tapes, the promise of a new Ice Skate Rink, smashing up the Sciencetology shop in Dukes Lane..... bentcousin
  • Score: 4

9:09am Thu 20 Mar 14

the old funker says...

OH OH OH ! ! The Brighton that was. Brighton made the 60s and 70s and it belonged to us,now it belongs to a different generation,the new bright things of the lost generation. That's us. Lost. We've seen it done it and got busted..It was a better Brighton then.
OH OH OH ! ! The Brighton that was. Brighton made the 60s and 70s and it belonged to us,now it belongs to a different generation,the new bright things of the lost generation. That's us. Lost. We've seen it done it and got busted..It was a better Brighton then. the old funker
  • Score: 4

1:07pm Thu 20 Mar 14

nl1971 says...

Grumpy0ldman wrote:
notaconspiracy wrote:
I was at college (BTC) in the 80s. Does anyone else remember the folk with clipboards who used to stand around in Duke Street and ask you to 'complete a questionnaire' - I was told they were Scientology recruiters.

Or the tramp ("got 10 pence mate?"), who was probably only in his 30s? I wonder what happened to him?
He writes for the argus now lol
The tramp used to say "Spare 10 pence for a cup of tea , Sir?" I saw him get out of a Lotus down the side street next to The Norfolk Pub in Western Road - I kid you not. What an amazing place Brighton was in the 80's. I used to make a fortune getting the 1 pound coins out of abandoned Tesco trolleys in Churchill Square, and my Dad, Eddie was a DJ at Mr. K's Saturday morning disco at the Gloucester...anyone out there remember that?????
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy0ldman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notaconspiracy[/bold] wrote: I was at college (BTC) in the 80s. Does anyone else remember the folk with clipboards who used to stand around in Duke Street and ask you to 'complete a questionnaire' - I was told they were Scientology recruiters. Or the tramp ("got 10 pence mate?"), who was probably only in his 30s? I wonder what happened to him?[/p][/quote]He writes for the argus now lol[/p][/quote]The tramp used to say "Spare 10 pence for a cup of tea , Sir?" I saw him get out of a Lotus down the side street next to The Norfolk Pub in Western Road - I kid you not. What an amazing place Brighton was in the 80's. I used to make a fortune getting the 1 pound coins out of abandoned Tesco trolleys in Churchill Square, and my Dad, Eddie was a DJ at Mr. K's Saturday morning disco at the Gloucester...anyone out there remember that????? nl1971
  • Score: 0

1:12pm Thu 20 Mar 14

nl1971 says...

I was fascinated by the old Churchill Square - always in Virgin or was it HMV, buying 7 inch records. Grew up in Hangleton, Albion Hill, The Lanes. My Stepdad used to run The Video Cafe. Blimey. Lived above the old ABC cinema for a while. that was super spooky. Wow, those memories are flooding in right now.........
I was fascinated by the old Churchill Square - always in Virgin or was it HMV, buying 7 inch records. Grew up in Hangleton, Albion Hill, The Lanes. My Stepdad used to run The Video Cafe. Blimey. Lived above the old ABC cinema for a while. that was super spooky. Wow, those memories are flooding in right now......... nl1971
  • Score: 2

8:31pm Thu 20 Mar 14

city-boy says...

LeonBIank666 wrote:
I remember the Top Rank Suite. I fingered some old sort behind those hideous velvet curtains they used to have.
Lol. Not sure why The Argus have allowed you to get away with this funny comment for three days now. Funny as .......

What about:
Pink coconut all dayers
West street firm
The arcades
And sitting on seafront reminiscing about the west pier :)
[quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: I remember the Top Rank Suite. I fingered some old sort behind those hideous velvet curtains they used to have.[/p][/quote]Lol. Not sure why The Argus have allowed you to get away with this funny comment for three days now. Funny as ....... What about: Pink coconut all dayers West street firm The arcades And sitting on seafront reminiscing about the west pier :) city-boy
  • Score: 2

9:49pm Fri 21 Mar 14

dwhitt says...

how could you miss out 1st virgin record shop in queens road ?
how could you miss out 1st virgin record shop in queens road ? dwhitt
  • Score: 0

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