Return to Severn Beach

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Release Date: 2002
Exempt from classification
Region coding:
Not region coded
Running Time:
70 minutes
1st Take Video

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.

Produced in 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.

The presentation 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.

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