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Caption for Westgate On Sea, St Mildred's Bay 1918: This is a similar view to photograph No 27462, but taken perhaps a generation later: the fashions speak of a new era. During the First World War, St Mildred's Bay was taken over as a Royal Naval Air Service Station, with a tented camp set up on the grassy promenade.

Memories of Westgate on Sea

Pavs started as a large wooden hut made by Ray Henikier, a carpenter. I used to help him take down the hut in the late Autumn and put it back up the following spring. Then Pavs was rebuilt in block work. My father used to work for him after Dad retired from his job. My son, Steve, used to work for him as he was a chef. So my family has a lot of good memories of Pavs.

We spent all our warm summer holidays at Westgate. We lived in South London. My Grandmother lived in Quex Road and we had a caravan on St Crispens caravan site. I loved getting fish heads from the fish monger to go crabbing. I loved the level crossing gates, I also loved to stand on the footbridge next to the road (...Read full memory)

My father Robert Williams, owned and ran a hardware shop in St Mildreds Road from 1963 until his death in 1977. His three sons, of which I am the middle, used to help in the shop when we were not at school. We sold a huge range of hardware and ironmongery, as well as fireworks (...Read full memory)

My earliest memories of the seaside are from the 1950's. We lived in Bexleyheath and - like most people - did not own a car in those far off austerity years after the war. For this reason our summer holidays were always on the nearby north Kent coast and we would travel by train! Our family (...Read full memory)

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