Nostalgia: Naked pictures cause a stir in Bognor Regis

Terry France with flower sellers Jane Askham (left) and Sally France. From Chichester Observer June 23, 1988.
Terry France with flower sellers Jane Askham (left) and Sally France. From Chichester Observer June 23, 1988.
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NUDE pictures by a Polish artist were considered too racy for the people of Bognor Regis 25 years ago this week.

Manager at the Bognor Regis Centre Alan Caig was forced to remove the pictures by 29-year-old Kuba Grydniewski after receiving complaints from the public.

Cake sellers from Velyn House, from left to right: Anne Elleker, Carol Osgood, Pat Kerridge, June Harbour, June Fidling. From Chichester Observer June 23, 1988.

Cake sellers from Velyn House, from left to right: Anne Elleker, Carol Osgood, Pat Kerridge, June Harbour, June Fidling. From Chichester Observer June 23, 1988.

Mr Caig said the black and white graphic drawings showed naked genitals.

“One of them had been pulled down,” he said of the pictures.

“Rather than have them damaged I decided to take them down.

“We had a couple of complaints. I looked at them a bit more closely and decided they probably weren’t suitable for 
family viewing.”

The Bognor Regis Observer reported that the angry artist had hit back at the centre.

“In Poland you are more free. You can show what you like,” he told the paper.

“No one would be allowed to take paintings down in this way.”

He added: “This is the 20th century and people are behaving like this. It is incredible.”

The exhibition featured Mr Grydniewski’s work alongside that of his fellow art student, 25-year-old Malgorzata Szoltysik.

The same week in the Chichester Observer, thousands gathered in the city centre to celebrate local produce (pictured above).

Meanwhile, ten years ago the pier at Bognor Regis was the scene of an ITV drama, called Making Waves, which the paper said was planned to be naval equivalent of Soldier Soldier.

However, despite these great hopes, the show was received poorly and only three of its six episodes were broadcast.