Ainsdale – The Liverpool Echo’s hardly glowing opinion of New Pontins

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

Coincidentally I was out and about in Ainsdale only recently and took a few shots of ‘New Pontins’ from the surrounding sand dunes. Here they are:-

Holiday camps like this do seem to be from a very different era, indeed I recall going to Prestatyn Holiday Camp is a youngster with my Mum and Dad in the mid 1960’s. I found an old video on youtube from 1958. It’s a promotional film for Prestatyn Holiday Camp seemingly aimed at the more middle class holiday maker. A blast from the past indeed. Here it is via the link below:-

The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Ainsdale – Sculpture of Lockheed Electra aeroplane


I recently photographed this rather excellent sculpture of a Lockheed Electra aeroplane, above a stylised New York skyline, which is sited on the Southport Coastal Road traffic island next to Pontins.

Ainsdale Beach 1

The site and indeed the Coastal Road itself sit on the former track bed of the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway, which closed in the 1950’s


The sculpture of this twin engined monoplane commemorates a transatlantic flight made from Ainsdale beach to New York in 1937.


Ocean Parcs made a £40,000 donation towards the project.

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The photos above are also amongst my Flickr shots at:-