Happy days of the Morris Minor and bathing belles

South Parade Pier, Southsea, in the early 1960s

South Parade Pier, Southsea, in the early 1960s

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It was a sunny day when this view of South Parade Pier was captured for posterity.

The beach and the prom show us that Southsea was still a popular venue, though the tightly-packed crowds of the 1920s and 30s are gone and the families who have taken their deck chairs on to the beach have some breathing space around them.

Hardly an empty seat in the house for a concert on South Parade Pier

Hardly an empty seat in the house for a concert on South Parade Pier

There isn’t much traffic, but the two Morris Minor 1000s, one of them a Traveller, and an A55 Cambridge moving in the opposite direction, tell us this was the early 1960s.

During the summer season the pier’s theatre offered visitors and residents the prospect of a good night out.

There were a few empty seats when this picture (inset) was taken at a concert featuring a large band.

Above the stage a banner announces the Miss Southsea contest – sponsored by The News.

Perhaps the competition between the young bathing beauties was about to begin.

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