In the 1930s Geoffrey was a young boy, living in Saltdean and spending his spare time around the Whitecliffs Cafe. His father, William, ran the original Smugglers Haunt cafe on Saltdean seafront. You can see the Smugglers Haunt cafe behind Geoffrey in this photo as well as the start of the work to develop the Undercliff Walk. During this development the new cafe, now called the Whitecliffs cafe, was built and Geoffrey and his family were the first to run it.
Geoffrey has some wonderful stories about his time there and he was kind enough to let us film him. Here Geoffrey talks about his memories of the dances that they held at the cafe when he was a boy.
Below (right) you can see members of Geoffrey’s family sitting in the Whitecliffs Cafe. In the left hand picture the smartly dressed gentleman in middle is Geoffrey’s father William. We are lucky enough to know Geoffrey through his son William – both still live in the area.
Above, left to right – Steve (currently runs the cafe), Laura (me!), William (Geoffrey’s son) and Geoffrey Kerr.
The Whitecliffs Cafe is close to our hearts; we had our wedding reception there and love the friendly atmosphere, the history of the place and that amazing view. Occasionally we DJ there. The parties and dancing are probably quite different to those that Geoffrey remembers but it’s still a place for the Saltdean community to dance by the sea.
We’ll be writing more blog posts about the history of the Whitecliffs Cafe in Saltdean soon. Anything you’d like to share about your memories of Saltdean or any old photos of the cafe? We’d love to hear from you.
Thanks to Geoffrey and Bill for the photos and time.
Written by Laura
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