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Redcar High Street Decorated

Redcar High Street Decorated

A busy day in Redcar 1908, as Bill Danby tells us: ”This is almost certainly 1908 on the occasion of General French’s visit to the Annual Camp of the Territorial Force. The Territorial Force was started in this year to replace the old Volunteers and Redcar was a regular venue for the camps along with other usually seaside places. The hard training camps were seen as a holiday by lads who spent the rest of the year down pits and in factories. The local 4th Yorks Battalion, TF. were elswhere in this year but did have their camp at Redcar in 1913. General French was in command of the British Army at the start of the First World War until May 1915 when the German gains at Ypres, after using gas for the first time, caused him to be replaced by Gen Douglas Haig.”

Thanks to Bill Danby for the detail.

Redcar Pier

Redcar Pier

A lovely tinted photo of a lazy day on Redcar promenade, with the beautiful long pier jutting out into the sea.

An Aeroplane In The Street

An Aeroplane In The Street

Fred Brunskill tells us:”The plane was indeed German and I believe it was Messerschidt and was displayed in the town for some weeks on behalf of the War Savings Association to help with the War Effort. It is seen here parked in Dundas Street and the shop attracting much attention was a ladies outfitters… Not sure of the year but Bon Marche had that shop for many years.”

Thanks to Fred for the update.

Redcar Beach

An early postcard photograph of Redcar beach; one in the Frith series.

Rough Seas

Rough Seas

Not a day to be strolling long the promenade at Redcar. 1908 i thinkg is the date on the photo

Redcar

Redcar

The pier is in the background but look what a high rough sea has done to the promenade.

Penny On The Mat

Penny On The Mat

That’s what the Helter Skelter was called when I was younger, 1d or about half a penny in today’s money got you a ride down the helter skelter.

Mr Newsome ran the Helter Skelter for many years although not always in the same place. It has, at time, been located at either side of the old Bandstand.
This image was taken in 1907,  Mr Brunskill also tells us that it was often reffered to as the ’Lighthouse’.

Thanks to Fred Brunskill for the update.

Go For It Girl

Go For It Girl

Fred Brunskill tells us: ”The photo was taken of this lady in 1886 as she went along the unmade promanade. The tall building on the right is Somerset House which was midway between Moore St. and Bath St. On the beach can be seen some bathing machines possibly the ones operated by Mr Skinner.”

Thanks to Fred for that update.

Anyone For A Swim?

Anyone For A Swim?

A long time ago you could see a sight like this on Redcar beach, not any more, notice the sailing ships on the horizon today we would see tankers.

Pleasure Park

Pleasure Park

The poster says it all, why isn’t there a pleasure park at Redcar now?