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

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/echo-spent-night-pontins-southport-12867248

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:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zof_Nk0INEc

The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/32923476543/in/dateposted/

Ainsdale – Sculpture of Lockheed Electra aeroplane

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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.

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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

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

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

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them

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

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/