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Brighton Argus, 10 May 1976
Sharks a mere 200 yards off Brighton this weekend frightened swimmers and went dangerously close to two boats off the West Pier.
On Saturday afternoon, when the sharks were first spotted, police toured the beach with loud hailers warning swimmers not to go out too far. Among the first to spot the sharks was Susan Trangmar, of Ditchling Crescent, Brighton. She and her boyfriend, Roderick Coyne, were rowing about 200 yards from the West Pier when a passing speedboat hailed them.
“We looked around and saw the fins, Susan said. “There were two of them, really quite close to the boat.
“The most frightening moment was when one of them dived and we panicked for about three minutes, thinking it might come up underneath the boat, like something out of Jaws.”
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Brighton Herald, 3rd February 1894
An unpleasant adventure happened on the Brighton Front on Monday afternoon to Mr Oscar Wilde, who was staying at the Royal Albion Hotel. He was riding in a Victoria opposite Adelaide-crescent, Hove, when the horse took fright and bolted towards Brighton. The driver was powerless to stop the runaway and it was not until it reached the bottom of Regency-square, and the vehicle had come into collision with the Esplanade railings, that the horse was brought to a standstill. Fortunately, both Mr Wilde and the driver escaped without injury, the only damage done being that one of the shafts of the Victoria was broken, and the horse was cut under the fore-leg. So far as Mr Wilde was concerned it was “an accident of no importance.”