New Brighton, The Pier 1900
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There were once ten piers on the River Mersey, though only New Brighton was ever regarded as being a seaside pier. It opened in 1867, and included a handsome saloon, refreshment rooms, shelters, a pier orchestra and a tower from where one could watch the ships go by.

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This selection of vintage photographs shows some of our finest piers in their heyday, recalling their glory days when seaside piers were at the heart of the traditional British family holiday.

A Selection of Memories from New Brighton

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from New Brighton

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Good old days. My husband, used to go to the Tower Ballroom and the Empress Club on Saturday nights. Anybody have any memories of the Tower in those days? Although I cannot remember any names from those days, if anybody went to the Empress or Tower - would love to hear from you.
I remember well the fairground with all the rides that did their best to make you sick after the hotdogs and the candyfloss. Who got a kiss in the ghost train or at least a cuddle from their girlfriend? Everywhere the smell of food and the constant music playing so loud. I remember the 'Tower' which was destroyed by fire in 1969.
I was born just after the Second World War and like many people came from a fairly poor working class background. I was, however, blessed in many areas of my life and one of them was having an aunt who lived at 8 Hamilon Square, Birkenhead. It was an insurance building and she lived in the basement and was employed as a cleaner. We visited her every year and explored the Wirral. They were such happy times. I ...see more