On 28th July I gave an illustrated talk, entitled “High Street Highlights”, to an audience in excess of 40 U3A members and visitors. I was accompanied by Joe Savill who represented the Selsey Photo Archive. This was the second time this year that our two local heritage groups have worked together and we look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future.

The first part was based on historic photos of the High Street and marking the changes from the early 20th century up to the present day. Members of the audience were invited to ask and answer questions alongside sharing personal recollections. The second part was devoted to a snapshot of the illustrious history of the Pavilion marking events such as the visit of the Russian Ballet, the fire, the Blackshirts, Selsey Follies and pantomimes to name but a few. The presentation concluded with a glimpse into the future once the purchase of the Pavilion is secured.

It proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. It was a privilege to listen to a variety of recollections with the Pavilion, the popularity of horse riding and memories of ballet classes being the most prominent. Joe also received comments and enquiries relating to the photo archive. We hope to return in 2024 and we look forward to the time when we can invite the U3A to visit the Pavilion for one of their meetings.

My thanks to Joe Savill and to the U3A for their support, interest and kind donation to the Selsey Pavilion Trust.

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