New Brighton - Liverpool and Wirrals PlaygroundBy Paul Eeles
If you went on one of those wonderful sunny days out by ferry to New Brighton in the 1950s when thousands flocked to the resort this video will bring back those memories for you. The younger ones amongst us will be intrigued by this record of how we enjoyed ourselves in days gone by.
New Brighton was founded in 1832 by James Atherton who had a vision of a Brighton in the North West. He developed it as a fashionable watering Spa, on the banks of the Mersey and Irish Sea for the gentry. Later in Victorian times, it became a seaside pleasure resort, not only for people in nearby Liverpool & Wirral, but from all over the North West & Midlands.
A tower, higher than Blackpool's, was opened in 1898. It was demolished after the first world war but the building carried on as a Ballroom & Theatre until it was destroyed by fire in 1969.