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Childhood Holidays

My childhood holidays consisted of two weeks in Blackpool every August, although we used to return there a few weeks later for a number of days to see the illuminations. Other than that, my father used to take us in the car most Sundays to Skegness or Mablethorpe when...

Happy Seaside Memories

As a child I was lucky enough to live fairly near the coast in the north east of England. Our local beaches were at Roker and Seaburn. Most of the men in the area were miners, and during the summer holidays whilst they were on ‘back shift’ (night shift),...

Memorable Summers

What was your favourite holiday break when you were young? Was it a Butlins’ weekend or a hostel…. maybe a caravan or a tent or even just a day trip in this country … or were you one of the very few posh people who flew to the Costas in the 1970s/80s? That...

My Seaside Connections

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Family Treasure: Ice Cream Wafer Maker

My great grandmother, Alice Smith, was born in a small village called Chew Moor in the district of Lostock near Bolton in Lancashire in 1882. Alice was a dairymaid on the family farm and one of thirteen children. The Smiths had been farmers for generations and...

Death and the Victorians

Today we find the subject of death scary and don’t know how to deal with it or how to grieve. But go back a few generations and our ancestors were much more forthright. They lived surrounded by death; infant mortality was horrendous, there were no antibiotics,...