As Chairman of Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission, Mr Roger Amerena has a keen interest in the preservation of old buildings and the architectural history of Brighton.
He has resided in Montpelier Hall since 1985. A lovely house in the centre of Brighton, Roger has carefully maintained it and its Italianate garden as well as hosting many events there.
Roger’s father was a WWII navigator in an RAF Lancaster bomber and saw action over Germany at the end of the war.
Roger went to School in Sussex and then worked in the city of London as a stockbroker becoming successful, which enabled him to devote his time to his passion-architecture and the preservation of old buildings.
A leading figure in Brighton and Hove’s Blue Plague committee he has arranged many unveiling. Since his input these have become a familiar event in Brighton and Hove’s calendar.
The Blue Plague committee commemorates worthy historical people who lived some or all of their lives in Brighton and went on to achieve successful in a particular field.
Recent new plaques have included the painter Turner, a famous pioneering female doctor, and an engineer at the railway station.
Unusually attended by the Mayor and other civic dignitaries, nearest next of kin, who have been meticulously traced, are able to have a sentimental day being really proud of their forebearer.
Roger usually makes his speech immediately after the dignitaries, and the party celebrates with refreshments and social networking.
Roger Amerena has tirelessly promoted Brighton and Hove using his home to entertain the great and the good of this marvelous city.
Many societies would be at a loss as to where to host their annual drinks party if it were not for the generosity of Mr Amerena.
The social gatherings at his home are always outstanding. In the summer months guests in the garden can enjoy the shade of mature trees whilst sitting beside the fish pond.
In the winter a great log fire blazes in the hearth warming visitors as their sip their mulled wine and reminisce of all those who must have been entertained in decades past.