LETTER: Gatwick memories

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In reply to Tom Singfield’s request, my main memories of Gatwick Airport in the early 60s are of the dinner-dances held on Saturday evenings in the main restaurant.

Very smart affairs, the men in dinner jackets, the ladies in long dresses.

The food and wine were excellent, as was the services. A small band played softly in the background so we could carry on a normal conversation without shouting above the noise of over amplified guitars.

Of course, this was very expensive, 35 shillings (£1.75) a head, exclusive of wine etc.

An added bonus, the occasional landing of a DC3 or something similar whereupon everyone rushed to the windows to see the aeroplane!

It was a different world then.

Derek Clark

Horley

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