Vesta Tilley, trailblazing entertainer

A woman who became a Hove resident later in life was music hall star and celebrity, Vesta Tilley.  She had visited Brighton and other places in Sussex many times in her career, performing in particular at Brighton’s Hippodrome and the Theatre Royal, regaling … Continued

The ‘Forces Sweetheart’, Dame Vera Lynn

Today, 8 May, marks 75 years since Europe marked the end of the war that had changed the face of the world forever.  One of the most recognisable figures of the Second World War is Dame Vera Lynn. Words from … Continued

Doreen Valiente, mother of modern witchcraft

Today is Beltane, the ancient Celtic festival that marks the beginning of summer, and is celebrated by the Wicca movement. Today we celebrate one of Brighton’s most intriguing women, the mother of modern witchcraft, Doreen Valiente (1922 – 1999). In … Continued