Fond memories of Hayling Island

Ham Corner, Hayling Island. Picture: costen.co.uk
Ham Corner, Hayling Island. Picture: costen.co.uk
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Picture: Shaun Roster

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This postcard of Ham Corner, Hayling Island, stirred many memories for Chris Parish (nee Dempster).

She got in touch after seeing the picture here last week. She’s in her 70s and was brought up on the island and went to school there.

She says: ‘I remember Ham Farm dairies very well as I used to live in Manor Road. It was a real treat to walk down there with my nan for one of their delicious ice creams which they made on the premises.’

Her grandmother also had her newspapers delivered from Kings newsagent, which featured in another old picture.

Chris adds: ‘I remember going to Havant on the old Puffing Billy and also getting the bus into Havant.

‘We had to get off on the Hayling side of the bridge at Langstone, walk over it and get back on the bus on the other side because the bridge was old and couldn’t take the weight.

‘Another treat was going to the Regal on Saturday evenings, getting fish and chips and walking back through St Mary’s Church and across the fields home.’

Chris also recalls the big wheel at the seafront amusement park. ‘My nan used to wait until it stopped at the top when she would rock the seat. It was really scary.’