“The streets of the town at night were packed to such an extent that it was difficult to move and enterprising contractors were erecting eating houses and places of amusement all over the place”
From the Papers of Leslie Jones, 1921. (Quote Credit 6).
Enterprising local businesses took advantage of the presence of thousands of new customers.
For example William Winton obtained a permit to set up a photo studio in Camp taking photos of soldiers to turn into postcards to sell to the men.
In late 1916 tenders were called for to wash clothes for 5,000 men weekly in local laundries. By March 1917 one laundry reported spending £250 on a new machine to deal with all the work.
Letters and messages from soldiers in the Camp mention many other businesses who were clearly benefiting from their custom like the local chocolate shop in Shoreham, the many cinemas around the area and, of course, the pubs.
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Key Sources: West Sussex County Times, West Sussex Gazette, Worthing Gazette and Horsham Times. Accessed at Worthing Library, Courtesy of West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk