They had joy, they had fun, they had seasons at The Sun

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Alcohol in one hand and a cigarette in the other – what are the youth of today coming to?

Obviously these pictures don’t show the youth of today – these lads and lasses were the youth of the 1950s and the photos show that kids will be kids, no matter what the decade.

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The photos belong to Brenda Michael (nee Morgan) and show her and a group of friends larking around outside The Sun pub, on London Road.

Anyone who has lived in Crawley for any length of time will have heard the old joke about the town having the longest road known to man – it stretched from the sun to the moon. Or The Sun to the Half Moon, if we want to be accurate.

While the Half Moon is still serving pints to punters, The Sun is long gone, its foundations buried beneath the Leisure Park.

Brenda said: “The people whose names I can remember are a guy we all knew as Pockets, who lived in Warnham and later became an artist and now lives in Australia.

“There is Robbie Martin who lived in Martyrs Avenue, Langley Green, Len Ryan and Taff Michael (who were in the RAF at the time) two Micks and Pete. I don’t know the name of the other female.

“We had such good times in the pubs in those days, we did drink but not to excess – well only on the odd occasion!”

Can anyone else name any of these young revellers?

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