Monday, March 20, 2023
Memories of Bank Holiday trips out in West Wales

Memories of Bank Holiday trips out in West Wales

ON this Easter Bank Holiday Monday we look back at how people used to enjoy the day.

In our gallery you will see YFC outings, Sunday School outings a day out to meet the wife of Lloyd George and the workforce from a local mansion getting a rare day out on Pendine Sands.

Pendine Beach has always been a popular destination especially when the cars were allowed to park on the beach.

Most of the West Wales beaches used to be packed out as bus companies ferried people from across Wales to enjoy a spot of fresh air at the seaside.

The tradition of heading for the seaside still holds for many Welsh families and Tenby and Saundersfoot have become some of the most popular destinations for bank Holiday weekends.

These images were taken by West Wales photographer Stanley Phillips who produced an exceptionally high quality collection of photographs spanning from the early 1900’s to the 1950’s.

Some communities used to pay in a few pence every week for the opportunity to get on a bus with friends and neighbours complete with picnics and head for the seaside singing songs and sharing jokes. There was usually a bag of chips and a sing song on the way home with the kids munching on sticks of rock.

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