Seajet 1979-1980

« Mesdames et messieurs, nous venons FOILBORNE »

This was the triumphant announcement heard on 29 April 1979 in Brighton Marina.  The English translation which followed might not have been much more enlightening:

“Ladies and gentlemen we are FOILBORNE”

The announcement was made on the first voyage of the Seajet hydrofoil service between Brighton and Dieppe.  This was an exciting new adventure setting out from an exciting new marina.  The high-speed vessel, the Normandy Princess, was underway.

Courtesty of The Keep, Brighton ACC 12085
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Brighton’s French Music Festival, 1881 (2)

Just a year ago, in my blog about Brighton’s 1881 Music Festival, I stated: “A great part of the success of the Festival does seem to have been due to the excellent organisation by Chérifel de la Grave.”

Should I have been more alive to this newspaper report?

The national press went a little further in criticism of the practical arrangements of the Festival:

Were there flaws in the organisation?  Well, the chief conductor of the participating Orphéon from Châlons-sur-Marne certainly thought so.  His 50-page account of his band’s trip to Brighton is very revealing.

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Check your facts, M. Manevy

The Labour Party was in power. The Labour Party was in town.  In Brighton, on 3 October 1966. All was not well in the state of Britain. The French newspapers did not hesitate to mention the fact:  Prime Minister Harold Wilson was announcing a pay freeze; 750 strikers from car-plants in the Middlands (sic) had marched on Brighton and were shouting, according to Paris-presse, l’Intransigeant newspaper, at members of the cabinet: 

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Brighton, 14 November 1827

On this day, exactly 193 years ago, a dapper 46-year-old Frenchman attended an elegant ball in the Assembly Rooms of the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton. What a splendid affair.  The rooms had recently been redecorated by Frederick Crace following his successful work at the Royal Pavilion.  The officers of the 52nd Infantry and the 7th Hussars were in their dress uniform (although the latter disgraced themselves by dancing while wearing their swords).  The ladies were magnificent in their ballgowns and jewels.  Even elderly Mrs Fitzherbert graced the event with her presence.