New Brighton, The Royal Iris Approaching Pier c.1960
Photo ref: N14021
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The ferry Leatown can be seen tied up alongside the pier, while the Royal Iris waits to dock. The Iris and her sister ship, the Daffodil, entered ferry service in 1906. During the First World War they saw action as troop carriers in the raid on Zeebrugge, and after the war the prefix Royal was added in recognition of their wartime service. In later years, both vessels were sold and became cruise ships. The Royal Iris worked the Mersey and Liverpool Bay waters until the 1990s, when she went to Cardiff and was decommissioned.

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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