Opening of the old footbridge

Shoreham footbridge opening in 1921
Shoreham footbridge opening in 1921

Colin Ulph sent in this photo of the opening of the old Shoreham footbridge in 1921.

Colin said: “My uncle Jack, 11, is dead centre in front, looking to his right and wearing a large cap. My mother, Ellen, 14, is just behind him on his right, wearing a dark beret. My aunt Mabel, 9, is on Jack’s left in a large knitted hat.”

“The bridge was officially opened on February 3, 1921, by the Earl Winterton, MP for the Horsham and Worthing constituency that included Shoreham.”

The photo was taken in front of the footbridge entrance, looking east, down Brighton Road.

The ‘East Street Arms’, on the left, was demolished in the 1940s.

On the right is Stow’s boatyard, which is now part of the Sussex Yacht Club premises.

Was anyone you know present at the opening of the old footbridge in 1921?

Do you recognise anyone in the photo?

We would love to hear from you if you know more about the old footbridge.

n Please send your memories and photos to james.connaughton@jpress.co.uk, send them by post or pop into Cannon House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, BN11 1NA.