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Blackpool Beach a047930

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Filename: AA047930.jpg

Size: 3508 x 3665 (5.6MB)

Date: 5th July 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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Blackpool Beach a047930

BLACKPOOL, Lancashire. Informal holiday portrait showing rear view of a family with two small daughters paddling in the sea, with Blackpool Tower in the background (mid-20th century). John Gay

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Media ID 482976

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Child Hood Coast Leisure People Recreation Tower Water


FEATURES IN THESE COLLECTIONS

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1900s - 1910s

> Towns and Cities > Blackpool

> The way we were > Leisure > Seaside > On the beach

> The way we were > Leisure


EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph, titled "A Day at the Seaside: Family Fun at Blackpool Beach," transport us back in time to a simpler era of carefree childhood memories. Taken by the talented photographer John Gay in the mid-20th century, this image showcases a joyful moment as a family of four enjoys a day at the beach in Blackpool, Lancashire. The photograph features an informal, candid shot of the family's back view as they indulge in the simple pleasure of paddling in the cool, clear waters of the Irish Sea. The youngest daughters, dressed in swimsuits and sandals, splash each other playfully, their laughter echoing through the air. Their parents watch over them lovingly from the shore, their faces filled with contentment and happiness. In the background, the iconic Blackpool Tower looms majestically, a symbol of the town's rich history and popularity as a seaside resort destination. The tower, with its distinctive red and white stripes, stands tall against the blue summer sky, adding a sense of grandeur and wonder to the scene. This photograph encapsulates the essence of a quintessential British seaside holiday. The sun-kissed sand, the gentle lapping of the waves against the shore, the laughter of children at play, and the iconic Blackpool Tower all come together to create a timeless image that evokes feelings of nostalgia and joy. John Gay's skillful composition and use of natural light capture the essence of a day spent at the coast, reminding us of the simple pleasures of family, leisure, and the beauty of nature.

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