One part of is rather run down. Local industries have disappeared and the bedraggled docks look very dismal, but there is still the wonderful fish shop on the Quay with some of the best fish, oysters and crabs on the south coast!
Last weekend there was a special Easter Fair with Easter Egg hunts, a bouncy
castle, owls and local stalls. We loved Mike’s strawberry jam! All the profits from the fair go to creating another one next Easter.
The drummers make a spectacular appearance.
I heard a wonderful story from a friend about her family in her Grandmother’s time. She had two brothers and three sisters. The boys were allowed to stay on the family farm in Dorset but all the girls went into service which was a normal procedure to avoid too much inter-marriage among cousins.
One sister was just twelve and ended up at the Bridge Inn. A second one was sent to The White Horse in Rottingdean and the third to somewhere in Oxford.
She smiled when she told me they never got any wages because there were deductions for breakages whether there were any or not! I wonder which room she slept in in this boarded up building where the King of France once stayed?
The boys inherited the farm and the girls married eventually and in later life they were able to meet each other again.