My father, Gordon Dinnis, was a choirboy, with his local church, St. Mary’s in Kemp Town, Brighton. From the newspaper cutting above we can see that he also sang at Crystal Palace, during the music festival. Gordon is in the middle row, 5th from the right. I don’t have a date for this photo, but I have learnt from information online that during the years 1929 – 1939 major choral festivals were held every third year in London. In 1930 it took place at The Royal Albert Hall, and it was held at Crystal Palace in the years 1933 and 1936. This would mean Gordon was either 9 or 12 when this photograph was taken. I also know that in 1933 the Dinnis family lived in Charlotte Street which is two or three streets away from St. Mary’s.
I think the photograph is taken outside St. Mary’s Church, at the top of St. James’ Street in Brighton. The church has an amazing website, with wonderful photo’s of the interior and the beautiful windows. The website is at www.stmaryschurchbrighton.co.uk and is well worth a look if you like churches. It shows the choirstalls, where my father would have sung, and it makes me keen to go along and view it all in person.