Hi Signals. I for one certainly remember the baths on the Esplanade. Day and night a great place to gather for fun. I parked my racing bike outside one day and when dressing could hear the staff calling out if anyone had a "Raleigh" bike outside. Didn't bother me as mine was a Fiorelli (Italian) and the thick head who saw it couldn't understand that foreign name or pronounce it!
I found out why when I went out of the change rooms as there was my bike minus the front wheel. :-((( A horrible bit of low life had seen my bike was locked with a chain by the back wheel and frame to the fence but the front wheel could be nicked by opening the quick release lever (Campagnolo) and just pulling the wheel out. Damn and blast.
So off I went wheeling the bike along on the back wheel to the nick which was near the castle in those days to make a theft report.
"So what's a wheel worth" the big copper said "5 shillings or so?" He couldn't believe it when I told him the whole bike was worth 50 quid and was insured for that.
Anyway, during the course of investigations at a house in Strood/Frindsbury they found a shed full of nicked bikes and parts including a strange expensive looking wheel so I got it back in a couple of weeks.
Never stopped me going to the baths though and can still remember some of the others that got down there at all hours.
Also can still see in my minds eye old Shack and Humbug and Peabug. Sharmans bike shop as well but being a novice racer I went with elder bro to Chambers whose shop was under the old railway arches on Corporation Street.
Great memories, keep them coming folks.