‘Summers were never as bad when we were kids’ runs the mantra, but some walking pictures give the lie to this selective memory. This shot captures Mr A E Wells, his wife Mary and their sons Philip and Christopher on holiday in 1954. The two kids are togged up in plastic macs and sou’westers. Dad has his Macintosh (and a natty beret), while Mum is protected by one of those plastic macs which were so popular in the 50s and 60s.
Chris, who loaned me the image (and others) thinks it was taken in Llandudo, as that and Skegness were their regular holiday destinations as kids.
The photo is poorer than many walkies, it’s likely the bad weather made life difficult for the cameraman. The print shows scratches and a big thumb print bottom left too, caused during hasty processing of the negative (this print would originally have been one of a pair).