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Offline lutonman1

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #40 on: October 21, 2017, 12:59:57 »
Our family used to visit Upnor, on the small launch from the Sun Pier, I trailed my new small yacht on a piece of string behind the boat until I lost it, only had the string to remind me of it.
Upnor it those days around 1935, had a small fair, I remember the Helter Skelter, sliding down on a mat,      and those `boat swings`. Loads of fun. They used to run out a ramp on wheel, depending on the tide, to  get people ashore. I believe they had stalls, cant remember what they were, maybe, slide down a penny.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #39 on: February 18, 2017, 15:09:41 »
The old Sun Pier, prior to 1885.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #38 on: May 23, 2016, 21:52:37 »
Does anybody know why the half glassed building on the Sun pier was demolished? I remember using the pier for crabbing, trips to Upnor on the little ferry and a trip on the Medway Queen to see the Christmas lights at Southend-on-sea with my mother who worked for the Elliot Automation company. I always thought that the pier looked nice but now it looks a bit bare.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #37 on: December 30, 2015, 19:18:50 »
Many thanks for the appreciation of the image. This next one clearly shows the use of the pier by the military, which I think was for civilian support following the floods of the early 50's? You may know more?

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #36 on: December 29, 2015, 08:27:07 »
Yes a great picture. I've looked closely with a magnifying glass just in case my family were there as we used the Medway Queen to Sheerness a couple of times.
Just look at how many decently dressed people there are there....bow ties, jackets, ties and shirts, cardigans and blouses. Now it would all be T shirts with adverts, shorts and tatts on every patch of bare skin.  :) And they'd probably be fighting to see who could get off first and into the nearest pub!
Sorry Kyn, I couldn't resist it. :-))
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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #35 on: December 28, 2015, 13:39:36 »
Thanks CAT for great picture of disembarkation at Sun Pier from a paddle steamer in the 50's. My recollection of the 30's very similar but all would have been wearing hats or caps. Signals99, my sister was in the Land Army at a farm in Upnor but never used the ferry. A M&D No.19 went from Gill. cemetery ( near where we lived) to the terminus at Upnor.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #34 on: December 26, 2015, 16:44:02 »
Thanks CAT - that's exactly how I remember the trip - thanks :)

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #33 on: December 26, 2015, 15:34:26 »
Does this image from my collection of images of Kent in the 50's help bring back any memories of those journeys?

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2015, 20:49:19 »
I'm another one who remembers the Sun Pier from the 50s.  My Dad worked for Chatham Paper Mill near Canterbury and the annual works outing was coach to Rochester and then the Medway Queen from Sun Pier to Southend.  I spent most of the journey fascinated by the engine room.

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« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2015, 20:37:04 »
radioham 49 We also used to go from Sun Pier to Southend on Medway Queen & other paddle steamers in the 30's. A bout 1937 or 8, I went from there in a Naval steam picket boat out to HMS Kent when my uncle returned from a tour at "the China station" & was anchored out in the Medway off Gillingham.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2015, 20:23:07 »
My first memory of the Sun Pier was going to Upnor on Sat afternoon with mum & dad plus 2 brothers in the small motor boats , also seeing the naval boats mothballed along that stretch of the Medway.
We also went to Southend on the Medway Queen in the late 1950s from the same pier.
My auntie would not go on the pier because she could see the water through the gaps in the wooden decking.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #29 on: July 16, 2015, 07:07:43 »
Reply #22

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1582.msg113660#msg113660
Ref. the ferry to Upnor. I believe they called it the Grey Launches, that had petrol/paraffin engines which had a distinct smell, which some people found rather nauseating.

I cannot remember the smell I was only young then but I know it was a real treat for mum to say "come on lets go to Upnor" with the boat ride and our sandwiches it was a proper day out. Not something we did every week for a women and a couple of children it was about half a crown so not a cheap day out but a fun one for sure.
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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #28 on: November 16, 2013, 16:38:06 »
The new pontoon and main part of the pier is currently closed off. I watched the barge delivering the new walkway and pontoon last week. I look forward to seeing it open again.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #27 on: November 16, 2013, 10:43:16 »
Hello All,
I recall going to Sun Pier sometime towards the end of the war; one of my sisters was 'called up' for service in the Woman's Land Army. Mum escorted us both to the office on the pier. I was six years old at the time, but it was definitely on the pier. My main memory was the rolls of barbed wire along the sides of it.

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Re: Sun Pier, Chatham
« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2013, 12:02:43 »
Reply #22

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1582.msg113660#msg113660
Ref. the ferry to Upnor. I believe they called it the Grey Launches, that had petrol/paraffin engines which had a distinct smell, which some people found rather nauseating.

 

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