Drill Hall in Bridge Street 1963

By Bryan Berry

At the Bridge Street Drill Hall in March 1963

Left to right: Monty Waight, Ray Ford, - ? - , Bryan Berry, Lenny Andrews.

Photo:A barrel of Tars

A barrel of Tars

Private collection of Bryan Berry

This page was added by Ginny Smith on 18/09/2008.
Comments about this page

Two old shipmates of mine there. Monty Waite and Lenny Andrews.
Monty was on the Londres and Lenny was on the Brighton.
Love to get in touch with them again

By William Still
On 19/09/2008

What a wonderful facility that was allowed to be demolished. My father Len was involved in the RNVR and subsequently the Sea Cadets in the old Drill Hall, and as a nipper I would be allowed to play inside whilst he did janitorial work or painted or something. Imagine a young boy being allowed to play on gun turrets and anti-aircraft guns. There was also the big open drill hall in which to play five a side football or badminton, or hold dances or socials, as well as storing all the sailing gear, including the boats in the rear with ready access to the river bank opposite Denton Island...and now there's a ring road and some apartments...shame.

By rob patten
On 25/09/2008

Hello Rob. I remember Len well, and George and Brian too. At one time we lived behind your house in the Meeching Court flats.
Your family featured in the Newhaven football team in their time.

George went on to be coxwain of the lifeboat.

By William Sill
On 05/10/2008

There used to be regular Dances at this hall during the war and I remember listening to the broadcast of King George 6th there when VE day was announced.
Afterwards I used to meet at the Drill Hall every Monday evening with the Royal Naval Auxillary Service and was very reluctantly moved on to RNR HQ at Shoreham when the building was redeveloped. Happy Days.

By Trevor Bennett
On 12/02/2009

Actually William, my uncle George was 2nd coxswain under Edgar Moore, my father Len became Coxswain in '76, and uncle Brian spent many years in the watchhouse at the entrance to the harbour as well as featuring in the football team.

By Rob Patten
On 28/02/2009

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