Sandown, The Pier c.1955
Photo ref: S57022
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The pierhead pavilion remained in use as a ballroom, before eventually becoming a victim of fire. Twinkle-toed holidaymakers were able to 'Dance to the Melotones'. The pier survived a £2 million blaze on August Bank Holiday Monday 1989, and is a commercial success. However, the theatre inside the redeveloped shoreward end pavilion ceased operating in 1997.

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50s & 60s

Favourite archive photos celebrating the 50s & 60s

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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 Sandown

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 Sandown

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I had some brill holidays in sandown, morning coffee at the Rendevous restaurant, well café in the high st, made friends with the son paul who was training to be a navigator in the merchant navy, met a couple of girls who came from Bexleyheath in London, they lived in Axminster Road, some memory that. Pauls mum lived on the way to Bembridge, unfortunately his dad Eddie died, he was a cameraman for the Daily ...see more
Hi, I worked at the Manor House, Shanklin from approx 1967/ 1972. My name was Kathleen Orchard. Had some lovely summers there. Coming down from Birmingham it was like travelling to another world......Would love to hear from some of the girls; Jean, Chris, Christine so many to recall. Fantastic memories!
I was in the kindergarten at Carisbrooke Convent when we had a day trip to the zoo. I remember after visiting the animals and eating the peanuts we had bought for the monkeys, we went to a play ground and those of us with a sixpence(2.5p) could buy a ride on the train. It ran on an elevated track pulled by a small black painted tender locomotive, and ran for about 80 yards in a straight line,then reversed ...see more
It was 1969 and I had just come down from Manchester and was staying once more in my family home in Hatch End. My parents suggested that I took my younger brother away for a break following his "O" Levels so we set off for a youth hostelling trip to the Isle of Wight. A ferry crossing from Portsmouth was followed by a ride on the "new" trains on the island. In fact these were former London Transport tubes so ...see more