BRENDA Mitchell's postcard of children playing in Bournemouth Pleasure Gardens printed on May 1 brought back memories for Peter Sykes when he was on holiday in Bournemouth and paddled in the shallow brook.

Bourne Stream, which gave its name to Bournemouth, was once a sluggish brook that meandered to the sea through a boggy, desolate area, that was used for grazing a few animals.

The view shown was known as Children's Corner and was well known in Victorian times for young children sailing their wooden boats with the aid of canes as it was not 'seemly' for children to paddle in the stream.