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In your street: An international flavour to this tree-lined Hove street
Nobody can accuse this street of lacking culture.
Blazing rays of sun glistened against the pavement of the tree-lined Langdale Road yesterday as the city experienced weather more likely seen in parts of the Mediterranean than in ‘sunny’ Sussex.
The street, just off the A259 seafront road in Hove, is home to around 85 detached and semi-detached houses mostly built in around the 1880s.
It’s flanked on either side by Langdale Gardens and Carlisle Road and is topped by the busy New Church Road to the north.
But it wasn’t just the luscious temperatures, overhanging trees and colourful front gardens that contributed to an apparent international theme in this grand street.
After knocking at the door of one house in Langdale Road, The Argus was greeted by Spanish pair Teresa and Alejandro Garcia.
Alejandro, 15, travelled to the UK last week from Madrid to pay Teresa, his aunty, a visit.
It’s the third time the football and basketball enthusiast has come to the city and cited the beach as one of its best attractions.
He said: “Today it looks like Spain here because it is so hot. I think it is perhaps hotter than Madrid. This is my third time in England. I came when I was a baby and also five years ago when I was 10.
“Being by the sea is brilliant and a good experience for me. We don’t have that in Madrid. I’ll be going back to Spain on Sunday so I hope I can bring the nice weather with me.”
Despite coming to England 20 years ago, his welcoming aunty Teresa still boasts an authentic and alluring Spanish accent.
Teresa, who works as a translator, chipped in: “It is lovely having Alejandro here. He is lucky he came when the weather was so nice. It means we can take advantage of the beach, which is where we are about to go.”
Alejandro, sporting flip-flops and carrying a bodyboard, walked with his aunty towards the seafront – an attraction not accessible to the residents of sunny Madrid.
“I can get used to this,” he joked.
The pair’s departure to the beach wasn’t the last of Langdale Road’s cultured residents.
Also on the street lives Rosalind Woodhouse, a Scottish-born sportsfan who also worked as a translator – this time in France.
She said: “I was born in Aberdeen and have lived here for years and years now.
“I used to be a translator for the Air Registration board, which is now the Civil Aviation Authority, and worked on the Concorde project.
She has lived in the road for more than 20 years and initiallymoved with her two sons from Cambridge Grove.
She added: “We moved here with two sons and had two more born in the house during our stay, so that’s four now.
“Our home is my proud family base and the street, although not very community- spirited, is ideal.
“One neighbour up the road always turns on his Christmas lights every year and puts on a bit of a show.
“We’ve had several occasions where we’ve been up there for the ritual light turning on show and I’ve made mince pies and things for everyone instead of making them Christmas cards.
“There have been some right characters in the road too. When there were more nursing homes you’d often find old boys walking up and downthe road by themselves. You would walk them back and return them to safety, as you always knew where they came from.”
“It's quite canny I live next door to another translator, but I am no longer working and she is – so that’s the difference I suppose.
“I loved it and have nothing but fond memories of my work at Concorde, especially my time in Toulouse.
“The people in France couldn’t have been nicer and more welcoming. It must have been hard working with a British girl, but they were absolutely lovely.
“We’d drive down from Toulouse to the Pyrenees at weekends and all sorts, so it was a real experience for me.
“I’ve been here quite a wee while now. This is my grandma’s house, or was originally. I’m not Sussex born and bred though – I was born in Aberdeen in Scotland.
“I used to play tennis, we have courts at the bottom of the road here, but now I play more golf.”
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“I’m A cook. I have a kitchen at Hove Rugby Club and have been cooking for 20 years or so. I just fell into it when I was asked to cater at a friend’s wedding. Maybe because I had a reputation among my friends as being competent in the kitchen.
“I really love what I do. I think my favourite dishes to cook and eat are Italian - pasta, fish, anything. Living by the sea is a great resource for the food I love, it’s ideal.
“We have a beach hut at the bottom of the road too. My kids have spent their childhood on the beach and we absolutely love being in the road.
“We’ve had about four different sets of neighbours come and go next door, which I suppose is testament to how long I’ve been here.
“There’s things we don’t like – like the residents’ permits and parking situation – but I suppose that’s happening everywhere.”
“It’s not a very sociable road like Langdale Gardens is for example, which has lots of street parties and who community minded are really.
“But it’s still a great place to live and to bring up my kids.”
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