Do you remember
taking a day return to Severn Beach in its heyday as ‘The Blackpool
Of The West’? Did you have fun in the sun at the Blue Lagoon, sample
the delights of the Boating Lake, try your luck at the Fairground,
or take in the bracing sea breezes on the famous shingle beach?
You can now
rekindle some golden memories of yesteryear.
association with the Pilning and Severn Beach Local History Group,
this presentation includes previously unreleased archive film of
Severn Beach from the 1940s through to the 1970s.
begins at Aust, where it is believed the Romans set up the first
crossing point. The Aust Ferry is remembered, together with the
building and opening of the first Severn Bridge. Northwick, Pilning
and Redwick are also visited, and for railway buffs there is a
special feature on Pilning Station and the Severn Tunnel.
After a trip to
New Passage, where the steam ferry took travellers to South Wales
before the tunnel was built, and a look at the second Severn
Crossing, you arrive at Severn Beach.
You can then
enjoy the recollections of Percy Locke and Gordon Humphries, who saw
the development of Bristol’s Riverside Resort in the 1920s and
1930s. Severn Beach's fairgrounds and rides are also remembered. Their memories are illustrated by a rich variety of nostalgic
photographs and film.