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The place to be

By Robin Tulley

When did the magic of Brighton begin?
The place to see and be seen
Some say it was the arrival of ‘Prinny'
And his fabulous palace in the Steine
Or was it Martha Gunn the ‘dipper queen' supreme
Who introduced sea bathing for the ladies of the day
And put to the test their constitution
As surging waves threatened to drag their modesty away?
But Martha had a rival in Dr. Richard Russell
Who vociferously endorsed to all society
That seawater was a cure of many ills
And could even bring about sobriety!
And then Sake Dean Mohamed appeared
Providing the first vapour masseur bath in the land
Exploiting the properties of seawater
To effect treatment to the great and grand
But timed moved on, Victoria acceded to the throne
Unamused, her visits to the town were few
She detested ‘Prinnys' oriental folly
Sold it off and contemptuously withdrew
But, a precedent had been set
Brighton's rakish reputation grew beyond measure
Society still clamoured to visit in ‘the season'
For its glamour, glitz and boundless pleasure
The coming of the railways revolutionized the town
Bringing to its shores an influx of ‘trippers'
That crammed its guesthouses to the brim
And filled the sea with hardy dippers
A ‘dirty weekend' spent in Brighton
Was the salacious order of the day
Later to be replaced with hen and stag do's
With a raucous overnight stay
Brighton, the ‘Queen of watering places'
Still rules the waves supreme
It exudes that magical ingredient
A unique seaside resort of everybody's dream.


This page was amended on 16/07/2012
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