In this digital story Tony remembers his father, Sidney Charles Pitt, designing, building and opening Pitt’s Garage in Barton St, which he and Tony’s mother operated throughout the Second World War. Being in a reserved occupation Sidney was also a member of the Home Guard, as well as being a military taxi driver. Tony remembers specific incidents that occurred during the War, including the house in which they lived in Alfred St with Tony’s grandmother, Mrs Cole, being damaged by the bomb that fell on Napier St. and also his parents’ fondness for cigarettes, which they obtained from Mrs Careless’ tobacco shop nearby. After the War Sidney sold the garage and the family moved to Upton St Leonards.
Copyright in the images that illustrate the digital story is owned by Tony Pitt and his family, and we are grateful to them for making the images available for the creation of this film.
If you have any memories of Pitt’s Garage, Mrs Careless’ tobacco shop, the bomb that fell in Napier St or any memories of the area during World War 2, please share them by leaving a comment below.