8 nostalgic shots of a record-breaking bank holiday weekend in Weston-super-Mare
PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 June 2016
The beach in Weston-super-Mare was full of tourists and locals alike in these incredible shots from 50 years ago.
Westons beach was packed with tourists as far as the eye could see in these incredible shots from 50 years ago. Despite the extraordinary number of tourists who flocked to the beach and open air pool, the Whitsun bank holiday in 1966, during May 28-30, only broke record visitor numbers on one day.
After the August bank holiday was moved to the end of the month, the Whitsun weekend was always expected to the busiest weekend in Weston that year. Businesses and hoteliers were in luck too, because the sun shone on the town.
Whit Sunday broke a record for visitor numbers, with cars being counted into the town at a rate of 2,500 every hour. By noon, every town centre car parking spot was already taken as people visited the seafront in droves to enjoy the weather, which reached 18 degrees Celsius.
In all, Weston welcomed 95,000 visitors on the Sunday, of which 82,000 of them came by car. Many of them flocked to the beach, where 20,000 deck chairs were hired. But this was beaten on the Monday, when 27,000 people rented a deck chair on an even hotter day.
Around 87,000 visitors flocked to the town, 60,000 of them travelling by car and arriving at a rate of 2,000 vehicles an hour. Around 13,000 people arrived by train, almost treble the previous day.
Whereas the open air pool was enjoyed by 2,400 people on the Sunday, this was easily beaten by the 4,200 people who cooled down there on the Monday.
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