Brighton & Hove

Peace stands proud between the borders
holding an orb in one hand and arm
out-stretched with olive branch
her wings are reaching for the sky.

Didn’t pay much attention
to her as a child
so much more interested in the
different coloured paving slabs
When I could really be in
two places at once.

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For years Brighton was in East Sussex and Hove was in West Sussex, two different towns in two different county’s. Brighton Peace Statue (Info Here)¬†Brighton, being the much larger and more popular of the two for it’s two (then) piers and, seaside attractions.
The peace statue was built in memory of King Edward V11 (Queen Victoria’s eldest son and heir) who spent some time in hospitals in Brighton, convalescing when he was ill.
As a child we would walk the whole seafront right up to the boundary with Hove. To this statue where the paving slabs would change from a dark gray to a deep pink halfway between the base of the statue up to the road, to denote the borderline. My sister and I loved being able to stand with one foot on either side of the line to be able to say we were in both towns at the same time.
In 1997 the two towns joined to form one authority and after a campaign to win over other cities also applying for the status the two towns were finally granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the millennium celebrations in 2000.

So there you have a history of a border that I knew so well as a child. Built in 1912 and still in place, today.

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