A handyman discovered a page from a 54-year-old Evening Argus behind the wall of a home he was repairing.

Nick Gillingham, 44, was working on the property in Kemp Town, Brighton, with his daughter Shakira, 19, when he came across the paper dated 1969.

Among the adverts were listings for staff at the Royal Albion Hotel, which was in the headlines last month when its west wing went up in flames.

The Argus: An advert for a station waiter at the Royal Albion HotelAn advert for a station waiter at the Royal Albion Hotel (Image: Nick Gillingham)

There were also adverts targeted at "ladies" who want to train up on "interesting light assembly work" at a factory in Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury.

They would earn £13, 18 shillings and six pence for a 40-hour week.

Nick said: "I had to repair a wall at a house in Great College Street, it needed plasterboarding and wallpapering.

"I was working on it and I spotted the newspaper in the skirting board. It was used as a sort of packing.

"It was a nice surprise. I was like 'oh wow'."

The Argus: Adverts inside the paperAdverts inside the paper (Image: Nick Gillingham)

The paper, dated July 7 1969, was ten years and three days older than Nick, who was born and raised in Brighton.

He said: "It is nice to see what was being advertised on my birth month ten years before.

"It's nice to keep and look at the memorabilia of the city.".

The Argus: The area Nick was working inThe area Nick was working in (Image: Nick Gillingham)

Nick said newspapers were often used to pack out walls, windows and other parts of buildings in years gone by but now builders tend to use "plastic packers and expanding foam".

It is not the first time he has found old newspapers while working on a house.

In 2015, Nick was repairing a sash window in Grantham Road, near Ditchling Road, when he found a copy of the Daily Mirror from Christmas Eve in 1915.

The Argus: The page of the Daily MirrorThe page of the Daily Mirror (Image: Nick Gillingham)

It had a picture of soldiers in a trench while explosions were set off just metres away with the headline "Austrian shells bursting in an Italian fire-trench."

He shared his findings on Facebook group Brighton Past where he was met with dozens of fascinated replies.

Nick said: "It's nice to see people younger than me fascinated by the history of the city they live in."

He said he is going to give his Argus page to his father, who was a "bit of a mod" in the Sixties, as a reminder of the period.