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Andy Garth: Was the past better?

- September 10, 2018

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I have recently acquired a 1960s white police helmet that only the Brighton Police wore in the summer months. I found this great photo of a cycling white-helmeted Bobby on his beat in (I think) Whitehawk in the early 1960s, and in the background cranes and building work providing more accommodation. This reminded me of the Circus Street development with its towering cranes adding to the fantastic landscape of the city.

Then I saw the next photo, which is close to the Circus development and with the robes of the old fruit and veg market visible – and also, I believe, part of the new Valley Gardens traffic scheme. Now I try not to pontificate but… really?

You will never stop cars coming into the city, however many obstacles you stick in their way

Unfortunately you will never stop cars coming into the city, however many obstacles you stick in their way, and my own worry is that business will suffer if you make it more difficult to visit. Only us locals know the back street routes, and we can’t let those become too busy.

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Sorry… and off my soapbox.

The photo is great as it seems more calm and tranquil – but even in 1960 there were still no parking spaces!

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