After 9 happy years in our offices at 7 Liverpool Terrace we left the Georgian splendour to relocate to our new home in the former NatWest bank, 38 Goring Road.
Even in this digital age we were amazed by how much we had accumulated over 9 years which made the move quite a challenge. Deep in the basement of the offices were sliding archive shelves where we stored most of our old files – over a hundred boxes in all. Weeks before the move we started to clear it, shredding old unrequired documents and re-boxing those we needed to keep.
It was as we were completing the task and the room was nearly empty that one of our eagle eyed colleagues noticed something pushed behind the archive shelves. Assuming it was a file of some kind we retrieved it and were amazed by what we found.
There, hiding at the back of the room was an old red leather book with the words ‘scrap book’ in gold lettering.
Inside, carefully stuck in was a record of the demolition of The Odeon Cinema and construction of The Montague Centre (or Montague Quarter as it is now known). Much to the relief of 1980’s Worthing residents, plans for sculptures of naked men we abandoned in favour of the now familiar Desert Quartet heads.
Newspaper clippings from The Argus are included and an aerial photo from the late 1980’s shows the Odeon still standing and even a busy Lido swimming pool.
But what really caught our eye was this...
There are ten photographs showing the famous ‘Worthing Heads’ – the multi million pound sculptures created by Dame Elisabeth Frink during design and construction. We’re not certain if these photographs have ever been seen publicly before!
We’d like to reunite the scrapbook with its former owner - if any reader know of their whereabouts please do let us know. If we are unable to, we’ll give the book to Worthing Museum.