Lytham St Annes

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This family turned up in a handful of walkies I found together, mostly taken in the Lancashire resort of Lytham St. Annes in the 1950s. None of them are named but they have added to dates to the backs, so I know this was taken there in 1956. Daughter’s beret, camel hair coat and smart sandals fit the era exactly, and they all seem to be braced for cold weather. The view is looking back up St. Annes Road, the main shopping street, from the Promenade. In front of them is St. Annes pier, so that’s probably where they are headed. It’s quite hard to get the same perspective today, but a contemporary postcard (below) shows that to be Woolworth’s store behind them on the left. I assume the photographer operated at the pier entrance and sold the prints from a small kiosk there. The small town is just below Blackpool and the pier and buildings have managed to resist nasty modernisation. I do not know the photographer; Spotlight did take walkies in the town in the Thirties but were no longer in business at this time. It is a good print though, quite clear and sharp.

Lancashire, St Annes on Sea, The Square

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