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My family moved into the house next door to Robert Smith in about 1974 when my son, Steven, was 13 and Robert was 15. They obviously knew each other, as neighbours, but did not move in the same circles because Steve went to Hazelwick school and Robert went to St…
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I remember when I first heard The Cure. It was March 1979. A friend played me ‘Killing an Arab’ and introduced it to me with the words ‘they come from Crawley!’ The local music scene at that time had certainly never seen or heard anything like it. I was amazed.…
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We arrived in Crawley to set up home immediately after our marriage in September 1967. At that time Crawley still had that intangible ‘New Town’ feel to it. We have both qualified as librarians that summer. David became Technical Librarian at APV on Manor Royal, whilst I took up the…
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Moving to Crawley New Town from Twickenham in an upstairs flat over a shop was WONDERFUL. In those days we actually had a choice of three 3 bedroom houses in Pound Hill, the area chosen by hubby who had to travel daily to work, till “our turn”. Taking son Andrew,…
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Before the Hawth Theatre was built the old leisure centre on Haslett Avenue was the venue for concerts and recitals. In 1981 my husband, Bill, and I had one of our first dates there, to see Glenn Campbell. He was excellent. On other occasions we saw Barbara Dixon, Chris Barber’s…
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I cannot remember where we went for our tap and ballet classes, but it was in Crawley when I was around 6 or 7 years old. I remember one Christmas we were doing a show and I was a dalmatian. At the end the teacher was handing out chocolates as…
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Spitfire were a garage rock ’n’ roll band from Crawley whose line up revolved around brothers Nick and Jeff Pitcher (ex Bobby Scarlet). Their 1991 debut single, Dive, was an NME single of the week, and their first album, Sex Bomb – whose cover featured a picture of Jeff’s daughters…
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I was lucky enough to be 16 in 1964 and I lived in Crawley . . . My friends and I were out every night of the week, I can’t remember the days but we used to go every Friday to see the bands play at Hazelwick, I don’t remember…
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Heather Eves is a cellist who has lived in Crawley since 1991. She writes: I have enjoyed many musical occasions in the town. The biggest of these has to be the Crawley Prom in the Park as a member of Sussex Symphony Orchestra. Who can forget these huge events? It…
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I started to enjoy the Crawley dance scene when I was 14 and my best friend Ann was 13 years. My brother, Burges who was five years older, was home on leave from the Merchant Navy and he decided to take us to a Sunday night dance at Leons, we…

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