No shortage of attention for fashionable females

Eyes left...no-one could take their eyes off these two women on the beach beside Clarence Pier, Southsea, in 1955
Eyes left...no-one could take their eyes off these two women on the beach beside Clarence Pier, Southsea, in 1955

THIS WEEK IN 1993: Ballet shoes put on show in museum

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These sun worshippers (the women as well as the men) obviously couldn’t keep their eyes off these two women strolling past on Southsea beach in 1955.

With the Second World War and rationing behind them, drab post-war fashions were beginning to change.

As the 1950s progressed, women’s fashion started to change radically, with trousers and shorts becoming increasingly popular.

Here the new mixes with the old alongside Clarence Pier, before the pier’s entertainment complex was rebuilt after wartime bombing.

And, according to the sign on the pier, these were the days when it cost only 4s 6d (22.5p) to cross the Solent to Ryde on the steamer.