Pennies by the Sea: The Life and Times of Joyland Amusements, Bridlington
Nick Laister

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ISBN Number: 0954457358
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14 October 2006
Skelter Publishing LLP

‘Pennies by the Sea’ is the first book to be released on the phenomenon of the seaside amusement arcade, based around the history of what was one of Britain’s largest – Joyland Amusements in the East Yorkshire seaside resort of Bridlington.

Written by a leading authority on the coastal amusement and tourism industry, this authoritative and comprehensively researched book is a rags to riches tale of how a glove seller from Sheffield market turned a collection of buildings on Bridlington seafront into a palace of fun with slot machines, fairground rides and amazing sideshows.

It also explores life in this most extraordinary of worlds, based on interviews with people who worked at Joyland and other arcades in Bridlington from the 1930s to the present day. It is packed full of photos of Joyland and other amusement arcades through the years, inside and out.

Enter a wonderful world of long days, colourful lights and enormous innovation, an insight into a way of life that once existed at seaside resorts up and down the country but has now largely disappeared.

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