Belonging in Crawley – memories

Having freshly arrived at the end of 1990 from the EU on work permit visas my wife and I were promptly furnished by the Home Office with Registration Certificates, and asked to report our domicile in Crawley to the local Police.

We were labelled “Aliens” which makes our kids laugh to this day!

Crawley was described to us as a massive employment success proudly boasting a zero-unemployment rate. The Estate Agent also described Crawley as an apple with two sides with attractive properties in the East (Pound Hill, Three Bridges) and less attractive ( Bewbush, Broadfield)  in the West of the town.

Our work place was to be the old Woodall Duckham House (now called the “Platform”). The line-up of shops opposite our tower block building comprised a beautiful kitchen utensils shop, “Summit Lighting” for all your electric needs and “Unbeatable” for electronic apparatus, first place in Crawley to sell large TV plasma TV sets.

Shortly after our move to Crawley we participated in an open evening at the company “Eurobell” who had dug up all pavements and installed fibre optics for TV and satellite signal to homes.

Much has changed in Crawley since 1990 and not all change was for good.

Having now retired, it’s still the town we call home!

(by Adrian Bruder)

Inside of booklet with stamps from Metropolitan Police and Sussex Police Aliens Office dated 1992. Inside of booklet with stamps from Home Office giving leave to remain, along with stamps from Sussex Police Station Crawley Aliens Office dated 1993. Green cardboard booklets. Text on front reads "Immigration Act 1971 Certificate of registration. Produce this certificate if required to do so by any Police Officer or Immigration Officer. If you wish to apply for extension, or other variation, of your conditions of stay, send this certificate, and your passport or travel document, with your application to: Home Office, Immigration and Nationality Department, Lunar House, Wellesley Road, Croydon CR9 2BY. See also the notice on the back of this ceritficate."

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