In pictures: Weston on summer holidays gone by – busy seafront scenes through the years
PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 August 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.