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In Which I Become A Film Star

You are walking along the prom at Littlehampton, minding your own business. Maybe you are licking an ice cream (with or without a chocolate flake) or just enjoying the sun on your face and the wind on your hair.


You certainly didn’t bargain on finding yourself on a film set for a promotional video about Littlehampton, did you?


Yes, indeed, that’s just what a crazy crowd was up to today. Crazy, us?  Well, possibly.  The Youngest of the Darling Daughters reminds me that we hadn’t exactly planned to film a promotional video. It’s just the way it turned out. It must have been the Seaside Factor (as opposed to the X Factor, which everyone else is watching while I write my blog.) Be that as it may, we spent the best part of our morning filming our VideoStar film “She-NANNI-gans” starring Young Faris, Team Baldwin, two of the Darling Daughters and, of course, me. You can see it for yourself by clicking on the following link:




Most of the time I didn’t know exactly what I was doing. I simply followed the instructions of our Director Extraordinaire. Aka Hazel. For some reason everyone found my efforts amusing in the extreme which is sad when you realise how seriously I was taking my role. If you do happen to watch the video then please look out for me standing outside the famous East Beach Cafe, flapping my arm about like a wounded sea-gull. There’s also a pretty impressive performance early on in the film, if I say so myself as shouldn’t.


I wonder why it is that, once we become adults, we somehow lose our ability to play the fool and still look vaguely presentable. It must be something to do with the inhibitions which attach themselves to us as we grow older. I am trying hard to shake mine off. There is something about growing old disgracefully which really is most appealing.


Regular readers may remember that, after many years of making up Seaside Songs to remind us of our happy summer seaside holidays, Jack and Hazel are understandably growing somewhat reluctant to indulge me. Riding to the rescue comes VideoStar – a new way to record our holiday memories. Thank goodness for New Technology.


The undoubted Star of our VideoStar film is Young Faris. He approaches the whole filming business with a maturity far beyond his years. His proud mamma, the Middle of the Darling Daughters, looks on and prepares herself for the film offers which will undoubtedly come flooding his way, once everyone views this, his first foray into the World Of Film. Others making their mark in our film included the famous Littlehampton Boat Train and Sandy Sandcastle, the mascot of Harbour Park Amusements.


So if you were there on the beach in Littlehampton today and saw our She-Nanni-gans at first hand – I don’t blame you for wondering what on earth we were up to. If you weren’t (and let’s face it, by the law of averages, most of you weren’t) then, in best Seaside Postcard fashion, we Wish You Were Here.


Seaside She-Nanni-Gans.  Recorded on film.


I am (officially) a Film Star.

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28.12 | 07:41

This wonderful blog has summed up the true meaning of A Christmas Day. Once the dread of a restricted day had sunk in, other ways were invented. Thank you

22.12 | 09:20

So sorry to hear that Brian is in hospital. It would be bad at any time but at present....... It must be true agony for you. You'll both be in my thoughts. xx

22.08 | 02:02


I'll be able to help you with information on the usher's as Thomas Henry Usher is my aunt's ancestor as well can you please email me so we can talk

22.08 | 02:00

Hi Karen,

I thought I would try again to see if I can get a response from you again please email me so we can talk further. My email is: lol-emma@live.com.au

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