WEARSIDERS are being offered the chance to step back in time – and turn detective.
The 2013 calendar produced by Southwick History and Preservation Society is packed with nostalgic village scenes from the last century.
But there is a hint of mystery and intrigue about it too – as an appeal has been launched for help in naming the faces from the past.
“We have tried to pick a range of photos. Some are within living memory, others feature Southwick as a beautiful little village,” said chairman Pam Tate.
“Not only will the calendar bring back memories for people, but it will be a challenge too. We would love to hear from anyone who can put names to faces.”
Among the highlights of the 2012 calendar is a shot of youngsters enjoying themselves at West Southwick School in Clarence Street on Empire Day.
Other pictures include Martin’s Bank on The Green, an undated snap of St Columba’s Girl Guides and a 1953 image of West Southwick schoolboys.
“One of my favourites shows some of the last residents of Hahnemann Court, before the flats were demolished. It was a lovely community,” said Pam.
“We know some of the people in the picture, such as Peggy Edwards, Eva Rutley and Alice Snell, but can anyone put names to the others?”
Southwick History and Preservation Society first started printing their own calendars back in 2002, when a print run of 100 was agreed.
“We were worried we wouldn’t be able to sell them, but they were really popular – and still are. It is nice for local people to have a local calendar,” said Pam.
“We are very lucky, as we have such a wonderful archive of old pictures to choose from. Trying to pick which to put in and which to leave out is a hard task!
“The calendar is an on-going history project really. Not only will it bring back memories for many people, but I’m sure it will bring in lots of lovely stories too.”
l The calendar is available from Pam on 567 2438 for £3.50.