MICHAEL DRYHURST can still recall the pervading smell of disinfectant on the double-deckers he experienced 69 years ago when an epidemic threatened the lives of the residents of the south coast town

It was Christmas 1950. RAF officer Flight Lieutenant Hunter had been serving in India and was granted leave over the holiday season of a sufficient longevity that he was able to fly to the UK and see his girlfriend. She was Elsie Bath, a General Post Office telephonist who lived in central Brighton together with her taxi driver father, Harold.

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