|A visual record of the
nation's love affair with its beaches: the unique phenomenon that is
the British seaside.
Contains around 300 photographs
from PA Photos huge archives, spanning the whole of the 20th
Century. Hand-picked by PA Photos own archivists, most of these
images have lain unseen since they were used as news pictures when
first taken. Each image has been scanned especially for this book,
many from glass plates, ensuring the best possible quality of
Britain's love of its pleasure
beaches gave rise to a peculiar holiday culture - the seaside. Here
a usually reserved nation would let its hair down, roll up its
trousers, put on a kiss-me-quick hat and laugh at bawdy
entertainers. From Victorian sobriety and Edwardian elegance through
working-class high spirits to the present day, this book celebrates
the place that the seaside holds in all our hearts.