11 things you may not know about Brighton and Hove

Posted On 20 Feb 2015 at 10:09 pm

1) There was once an entrance to Brighton Station in Trafalgar Street.

2) A Royal Air Force Red Arrow crashed into the sea east of the Palace Pier in May 1979 during a display.

3) Bernard Youens, famed for playing Stan Ogden in Coronation Street, was born in Hove and went to Connaught Road School.

4) Noel Edmonds ill-fated Late Late Breakfast was broadcast live from Hove Greyhound Stadium on a Saturday evening in July 1986 on BBC 1.

5) Both Bing Crosby and rock group The Jam gave their last ever live perfomances at The Brighton Centre.

6) A Delta Airlines 747 jettisoned fuel over Whitehawk in 1988 before returning to Gatwick to complete an emergency landing. Some residents required hospital treatment for kerosene inhalation.

7) Brighton and Hove was quarantined during Britain’s last known smallpox epidemic in 1951.

8) King Edward VII favoured Hove like the modern royals favour Balmoral. The monarch often visited the wealthy Sassoon family during his reign. The seafront road was named Kingsway on his death in 1910.

9) Brighton and Hove Albion didn’t play a League match in Brighton until Saturday 7 August 1999 – more than 98 years after they were formed.

10) Ancient records show horseracing took place in Hangleton, now part of Hove, in 1683.

11) Brighton-born Jack Dineen made over 100 appearances and scored 35 goals for Albion reserves from 1987-90. But despite playing for Ireland under 21s and warming the 1st team bench four times, the talented midfielder somehow never made a first team appearance for the Seagulls. The likeable Dineen had a distinguished non-league career with Bognor, Crawley, Southwick and Peacehaven among others.

  1. Adrian Reply

    “There was once an entrance to Brighton Station in Trafalgar Street.”

    Indeed. And there will be again, shortly. Hurrah!

  2. andrew Reply

    And Brighton and Hove have let the most Iconic structure for the County disappear into the sea!! Even used on this website … The West Pier…

    sad thing is we ALL know about it !! yet unable to avert it !!

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