Sunny Southsea - Memories of a Golden Age, by Anthony Triggs
Published by Halsgrove in 2007, 96 pages. Square size paperback - c.20.5cm by 20.5cm (N6230)
Brand New Book
From the rear side cover: Saucy postcards, buckets and spades, fish and chips, candy floss, the bandstand, and a bracing walk along the prom are all reminiscent of a great British tradition - the seaside holiday. And one of the jewels of the south coast was always Sunny Southsea. It may have lacked the gentility of Bournemouth or the brashness of Elackpool, but its shingle beach still attracted visitors by the thousand. After all, it offered two piers, a bandstand, a fairground, boat trips to the Isle of Wight and along the coast, and an unrivalled panorama of great warships and liners in the Solent.
This new collection of nostalgic photographs revives a hundred years of Southsea's popularity, from its early days at the end of the nineteenth century through to the last years of the twentieth century. Anthony Triggs has drawn upon nearly 130 historic photographs to record a century of bracing fun, from bathing machines on the beach to modern-day events on the common, from hot days to stormy seas, from royal reviews to paddle steamers.
Although the golden age of the seaside is sadly no more, readers can roll up their trousers and hitch up their skirts and take to the waters of Sunny Southsea without leaving their armchairs.