Deck chair collector Jack Abernathy on the pier, 1960s

This is our Grandad Jack Abernethy, who worked on the pier throughout the 1960s as the deck chair collector. He had retired to Hastings after a long career as a steam engine driver for the Great Midland Railway. You can see him here in the mid-sixties chatting up the holiday makers and resting his feet. A bonus for us kids was we could get on the pier for free. Happy days!

David Copsey

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