Torquay, Princess Pier c.1939
Photo ref: T62386
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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 Torquay

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We holidayed in Torquay in july 1965 we was a group of kids from The Hollies children's home in sidcup what I remember the YMCA hotel was called the castle hotel..would this be the same one or was there more then one YMCA hotels in Torquay in those days
Wow I can give loads of memories in the 60s Going down there with my parents. Ansty cove; Afternoon tea; Charity box on counter; As a black person supporting foreign aid; Put a coin on his hand twist his ear, coin went in. Also the gong at bottom of stairs was rung when it was meal time. Carpet bowls on reception, carpet. Rock walk bottom gate Cilla Black on at Princess Theatre 1964, no bar Lovely balcony over ...see more
I learned my English in Torquay at YMCA 1968 . Firs job, first experience of independent life. Miss cotton my Boss. All nice old clients extremely gentle with me . So many beautiful memories. Sandro Melaranci
Hello, My name was Dominique Andrieu at that time. As a French student, I spent some marvelous holidays at Astwell Hall on summer 1970. Two of my aunts stayed there before me : Odette et Claude Villemaine. I usually served tea in the lounge with 2 other German young ladies. The most important is that I fell in love with Giancarlo, a marvelous Italian young man. We went on during two ...see more