Eastbourne nostalgia: ARP wardens and mayor making during the war years

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John Pritchett, the chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council and Willingdon residents’ Association has sent in these great photos of cuttings from the Eastbourne newspaper at the time.

John writes, “With the 75th VE Day anniversary this month, I thought readers might be interested in the attached photographs.

“One is from 1939 and the second is the council in November 1945. My granddad Edgar Hill was an Eastbourne Borough councillor and then an Alderman and is in both photographs.

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The missing councillors’ names below the Cllr Frank Swain line are Cllrs R Dodds, W G Bignell, Randolph Richards, O F Richmond, Miss Parker, Horace Morgan, R Shard, W E Haffenden, G E Bass, Ald S M Caffyn, Cllrs G P Morgan Jones, H A C Dingle, Sir Robert Dodd, P G Wood, S R Tomsett, Major Scott Williams, S W Holden, Butler and Frederick Taylor. I am sure some of their relatives may well still reside in the town.

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“Unfortunately the albums I have do not contain any photographs of VE Day. They do, however, contain a lot of cuttings from what was originally the Eastbourne Chronicle before it became the Eastbourne Herald and the Eastbourne Gazette. A fascinating history of events in the town which include the opening of the Police Station in Grove Road by the Marquess of Willingdon.”

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