Did I ever tell you that I once sat down for a chat with Mickey Mouse?
"That's nothing special!" I hear you cry, after all, so many children have now seen Mickey and friends in Florida, California, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
But I'm talking about way back in 1963 ... in Bognor Regis! Mickey & I had a fine old time as you can see:
Despite the fact that the slide is dated July 1963, I suspect that both Mickey & I had very cold knees and the picture was more likely taken much earlier in the year.
Later I popped over to Miss Muffet's tuffet for a while, but she wasn't there ... I wonder why?
Finally I went aboard for a short cruise with the Butcher and the Baker.
Such were the attractions on offer for children back in the 60s. No animatronics, no white-knuckle rides (the railway around Hotham Park was fun but it didn't exactly set your pulse racing); just a few fancy chickens, a couple of goats, some guinea pigs and most exotic of all: a llama or two! I don't actually remember the animals of Pets Corner, but I do remember the excitement of meeting the characters from my bedtime nursery rhymes, including poor Humpty Dumpty, though sadly I do not have any photographic evidence of our encounter.
I visited Bognor Regis a lot as a child as it was there that my paternal grandparents ran a boarding house: plenty of spare rooms for my father, my brother & I when he came home to the UK on leave. We children were indulged by the paying guests and occasionally given a few pennies (old ones mind) to take to the arcades on the pier. I'm rather ashamed to recall that I often mentioned the local attractions to the residents in anticipation of their generosity!
I was fascinated by the little balls of butter and tiny pots of marmalade that my grandmother would prepare during the afternoons, ready for the next day's breakfast trays. There were service bells in each room too - my brother & I would delight in ringing them and then dash down to see the panel in the kitchen indicating which room we'd just been in. It must have driven my grandfather mad and was utterly pointless as we knew perfectly well which bell we'd just rung. Happy days though!
I've only just scanned these slides, and so there's no layout to share, but I did make a page a while back of me outside the boarding house with my first proper bike: as you can see, I (or more likely my mother) really liked me dressed in red!
These innocently happy memories were brought to you in conjunction with Siân's Storytelling Sundays - pop here for more.
P.S. There's still time to hop around my Blogiversary friends and find the missing number to be in with a chance of a give-away .... I'll be back with the winner on Monday 9th!