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My husband and I are very sad to hear that the Richmond Arms in Bognor Regis (Post, July 13) is about to be demolished for housing.


We were licensees of the Richmond Arms, in 1984 and have many happy, fond and fun memories of our time there.


The reason we are writing is about one memory which still makes us laugh today.


We had only been in the Richmond for two weeks when we had a visit from Mr Magee of Arun District Council’s health and safety department.


He was holding his business card in his hand, he opened the doors of the bottle and jug bar – and promptly fell through the floor. The only words he said from his reduced height were – YOU’RE SHUT!


Before the pub was refurbished, and with a new floor, we placed a time capsule under the new bar area.


It was a cream Hamley Cigar tin. Inside is our business card, coins, photographs of ourselves and customers there at the time, hoping it would be discovered in 100 years time.


It looks like this is now going to be after 34 years. Maybe  the builders will find it.


I can remember doing the washing-up at the sink which overlooks the railway line and all my plates in the rack would move forward and the pictures on the wall in the living room would move slightly as the trains went into Bognor Regis.


It’s funny what you remember about the good old days. We are both 76 now, so have plenty of time to reflect. Happy Days.


Sylvia and Derek Laurie, Highdown Drive, Littlehampton

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