War cut short the holidays
- Credit: Archant
This photo was taken during the summer of 1938. My father Cecil Bensley is presenting prizes to holiday makers on his beach site opposite the ravine on Gorleston beach.
The prizes always happened on the Friday, before the new people arrived the following day. There was a treasure hunt for the children with gifts buried in the sand in ice cream cups, tug of war, the greasy pole etc. Lots of fun for the holiday makers.
My father had two beach sites before the war. He had seven hundred deck chairs, half on the little beach & the rest up near the ravine, also a hundred tents and 39 huts. The chairs & tents were stored in the Storm H.Q. in the winter months, on the corner of Pier Road and Brush Quay. This is where I spent many happy days before the war as a child.
I can remember the outbreak of war so clearly. The holiday makers cut short their stay, handed in the keys to their beach huts and returned to London & the Midlands as soon as possible.
I was eight years old. Father’s huts, tents and chairs were stored as soon as possible, I remember seeing the horse and cart leaving with the huts from the beach site.
You may also want to watch:
Father died in 1944. So, more beach site ...
- 1 'Glagoon' returns to Norfolk beach and locals are loving it
- 2 Spiking in Great Yarmouth club last weekend
- 3 Man dies after medical emergency on beach
- 4 Appeal to identify man, around 75, who died in medical episode
- 5 Potters Resort expands into Essex after acquiring new site
- 6 Man arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving after fatal crash
- 7 'Road to nowhere' after erosion streak at Winterton
- 8 Man who died after a medical episode in Hopton identified
- 9 Norfolk boatyard sells at auction for almost double expected guide price
- 10 No further action over arson and fraud allegation at care home