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Blue Star Garage, Pease Pottage
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Blue Star Garage, Pease Pottage

The Blue Star Garage operated on the site now occupied by Black Swan Close. There is a flat-bed lorry parked outside the garage but otherwise trade seems to be slow today. However a car has climbed up Pease Pottage Hill from Crawley and may require filling up. During the 1950s/1960s I recall visiting a café situated between the garage and the Black Swan. I cannot remember the name of the café but, similar to the Cheerio Café opposite, the main attraction for us juvenile delinquents was the jukebox.
Picture added on 18 June 2012 at 12:36
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Mr and Mrs Belt lived in the adjacent house and he ran the garage for vehicle repairs and maintenance where you would have to be served at the petrol pumps.
Service stations flourished later when self-service pumps with safety nozzles were allowed.
Mrs Belt had a cafe-bar in the front garden which may be that showing behind the lorry. It was very popular during WW2 and later when lovely ice cream in cones or wafers could be bought.
Added by Arthur Shopland on 27 September 2012
I used to work in Mrs. Belt's cafe on weekends during the summers of 1950/51/52. We were very busy serving the day trippers on the coaches from London going to Brighton.
I would work in the mornings and again in the evenings when the coaches were returning to London.
I lived in Horsham Road and my father sold flowers outside the Black Swan and later in the flower shop.
Added by Joyce Williams (née Haynes) on 03 June 2015
I worked in the Stadium Garage on the other side of the road in the 1950s.
We use to take our tea breaks in Mrs Belt's cafe as the Cheerio Cafe had closed down at this time.
I believe the Blue Star Garage was built on the ground behind the cafe.
Added by Brian Streeter on 16 April 2016
By the late fifties/early sixties the garage was managed by Tom Hunter, and my dad, Wally Cowdray, worked there.
My Mum, Joyce Cowdray, did the bookkeeping for the garage.
I remember from the early sixties that the pump for diesel was set off to the side and there was a ramp inside for working on cars that had been brought in for repair.
At one point in time, probably the late sixties, the Post Office was situated in a small unit between the garage and the café.
There was a chrome-plating workshop somewhere on the premises, and Geoff Munn had a place behind the garage.
Added by Barbara Cowdray on 01 May 2016
I am Geoff Munn's son, Tommy, and find the above information very interesting.
Thank you, everyone.
Added by Tommy Munn on 10 July 2016
Geoff Munn, what a great bloke he was.
I used to speak to him at Billy’s yard. He collected some cars from my barn workshop in Lambs Green a few times.
Added by Art Mather on 07 August 2018
I believe Geoff Munn died recently.
(Reply by Barry Ray. Joyce, indeed he did. See picture #2318)
Added by Joyce Williams on 07 August 2018
We lived in County Oak, Crawley, but my Dad was a signwriter and painted the "Cheerio Cafe" signs in 1947 or '1948.
Brian Streeter mentioned it had closed down during the 1950s.
Added by Tony Tester on 05 February 2019
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