Saturday, May 24, 2008

Whitley Bay 1955

There's a great article on Whitley Bay in 1955 over at NorthTynesideWalks
Click through from the "Articles and Extras" section. Short extract to whet your appetite...
"The Whitsun weekend marked the beginning of the main summer holiday season and the time when the town`s many attractions were getting into full swing. The Spanish City funfair was open every day of the week and British Railways were starting to run a 10 minute shuttle-service of city to coast trains. The fine days and lighter nights brought large numbers of day trippers to Whitley Bay, to enjoy the sea air, visit the funfair, have a meal and a drink before returning home sober and content.

However, there was a small minority who were intent on mischief, getting drunk and generally making a nuisance of themselves. There was a small percentage of young people whose pastime was vandalism. There had been a report of damage being caused to a sunblind outside a shop in Station Road and the street was beginning to be called `Hooligan Street`. The police were called to the incident but the offenders had made their escape by train."

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