|Sun, Fun and Crowds
The inter-war period saw the annual holiday become
part of the lives of large numbers of people for the first time. In the Edwardian age it
had been a privilege enjoyed by the few, but by the end of the thirties, 15 million people
were going away to the coast for a week or two.
|This book explores all the facets of the seaside
holiday: where people went, and why; how they got there; where they stayed; what they did;
and what they wore. A visit to Blackpool's Golden Mile to leer at its lurid attractions,
including the unfrocked Rector of Stiffkey, contrasts sharply with the remote, unspoilt
beaches of Cornwall. We take in the first holiday camps, which opened in the thirties, as
well as some wonderful modern hotels that were the epitome of sophistication and style. We
examine the architecture of pleasure, in the form of cinemas, piers, lidos and pavilions.
This intriguing account is richly illustrated throughout with a mixture of
contemporary photographs and postcards, publicity material, posters and modern images. For
those who remember the seaside holidays of their childhood this fascinating book will
conjure up nostalgic memories, while for the modern historian it will be an invaluable
chronicle of the period.