In pictures: Weston on summer holidays gone by – busy seafront scenes through the years

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 August 2017

Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Grand Pier.

Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Grand Pier.

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We love Weston-super-Mare on a bank holiday weekend, especially when the sun is shining. Since we’re all enjoying three days off work, we thought we’d share these great pictures from bank holidays and summers gone by.

Knightstone and Marine Lake.Knightstone and Marine Lake.

Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Weston during bank holidays, with many of them heading straight for the beach.

And the numbers were impressive. In 1967, 50 years ago this weekend, bank holiday crowds set a record, with 192,000 visiting on the Sunday and Monday.

Summer 1966 in Weston-super-Mare, Knightstone and Marine Lake.Summer 1966 in Weston-super-Mare, Knightstone and Marine Lake.

The Monday figures equalled the previous record set in 1965, and there were an estimated 79,000 day-trippers on the Sunday.

On Monday, traffic was pouring in at 3,200 vehicles an hour.

Summer 1966 in Weston-super-Mare, taking it easy.Summer 1966 in Weston-super-Mare, taking it easy.

Throughout the summer, visitors had their picnics packed, swimsuits ready, and would have hired a deckchair to relax on as they enjoyed the sun.

Some people may even have rented a deckchair from a young Jeffrey Archer, later Lord Archer, as he used to work on the seafront.

Deckchair boys on a rainy day, Weston Seafront.Deckchair boys on a rainy day, Weston Seafront.

He told the Mercury in 2013: “I was sacked from the deckchair job. I used to take them out to the people and collect money and then bring them back at the end of the day.

“I was sacked for leaving my post, even though I was making the council even more money.”

A baby donkey having a snooze in the sun.A baby donkey having a snooze in the sun.

Marine Lake and the Grand Pier were also popular places when people wanted to catch some rays.

When the weather was poor, people would go to the High Street instead, although in the 1970s there would sometimes be huge brawls between Mods and Rockers.

Horse and cart rides on the sands.Horse and cart rides on the sands.

The crowded sea front on Whit Monday. Two visitors from Swansea look out over the Bank Holiday beach scene. No 'mods' or 'rockers' mared the holiday for the 210 000 visitors to Weston.The crowded sea front on Whit Monday. Two visitors from Swansea look out over the Bank Holiday beach scene. No 'mods' or 'rockers' mared the holiday for the 210 000 visitors to Weston.

A pause for refreshment above the Marine Lake in the Spring Bank Holiday sunshine.A pause for refreshment above the Marine Lake in the Spring Bank Holiday sunshine.

Some of the many thousands of visitors who flocked into Weston-super-Mare on Spring Bank Holiday.Some of the many thousands of visitors who flocked into Weston-super-Mare on Spring Bank Holiday.

Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Marine Lake.Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Marine Lake.

Open Air Pool.Open Air Pool.

Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Marine Lake.Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Marine Lake.

Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Outdoor Pool.Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Outdoor Pool.

Grand Pier and lawns.Grand Pier and lawns.

Marine Lake.Marine Lake.

Donkey rides.Donkey rides.

Open Air Pool.Open Air Pool.

The beach car park.The beach car park.

Open Air Pool.Open Air Pool.

The open air pool.The open air pool.

Taking it easy at Maderia Cove.Taking it easy at Maderia Cove.

A snooze by Marine Lake.A snooze by Marine Lake.

Busy Regent Street.Busy Regent Street.

Busy Regent Street.Busy Regent Street.

Visitors arriving at Birnbeck Pier.Visitors arriving at Birnbeck Pier.

The Grand Pier.The Grand Pier.

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