This old photo taken by me in the early '50s shows my mother on the right, my friend Isabel at the back with her mother wearing the light coloured coat and another woman with her two daughters and we were on the Sunday School summer trip, (or picnic) to the beach! From the outfits, it appears to have been pretty cold, with overcoats and scarf in evidence. Notice how, then, every self respecting woman wore a hat, even to the beach! They are huddled in the dunes between those big concrete blocks, put there to prevent the enemy landing on our beaches during the 2nd World War. There was probably a biting easterly wind blowing in from the North Sea as this was Leven beach in Fife, on the east coast of Scotland.
We used to look forward to the trip as we travelled by private hired double decker bus and we children would rush to bag an upstairs seat so that we could hang our streamers out of the windows and sing songs at the top of our voices.
When I think back, it was not that well organised as we were left to our own devices for the afternoon so I don't think there would have been much in the way of swimming or beach games on this particular trip. How did we put in the time? I do not remember!
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