Porthcawl, New Continental Café 1938
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Note the two interested spectators observing the photographer from the balcony of this café. Slightly reminiscent of 1920s Art Deco-style architecture, this was doubtless a popular destination for those in need of refreshment.

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A Selection of Memories from Porthcawl

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 Porthcawl

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Tommy was the ventrioquist's dummy and the morning's show was not to be missed when on family holiday from Penarth in early August 1936. I would be eight in the October of that year. As far as I recollect there was no entrance fee, I just sat on the sand along with a crowd of kids. Unfortunately I do not recall any of the repartee but there was plenty of fun. I have a vague recollection that the ...see more
in the harbour at Porthcawl there were some times moored two fast patrole boats owned by the Royal Air Force and they were painted in the colours of the R.A.F. Occasionally they would go off on patrol manned by R.A.F crew I have seen them going off on patrol gathering speed as they left the harbour.`That was many years ago as I am now 76 years old and living in Belgium
We stayed in a small caravan the first holiday we had in Porthcawl during the miners fortnight holiday in June many years ago. Other wise it would be day or afternoon trips to Porthcawl and other seaside resorts along the South Wales coast . Playing on the beach at Porthcawl but to go there we had to put nice clothes on on our mothers orders as we had to look proper to go out even when it was warm or very warm and we had to ...see more
Oletha is now split into 3 dwellings. My husband Roger Timms and his family have lived in the house on the right of this picure for many years. We love living here and this road is now Gordon Road, which is now more populated than in this picture - BT office to the right of the dwelling and the Post Office sorting office next door to that. We consist of four generations of the Timms family living here now and 2 previous ...see more