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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.

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Cast a line and pull one in – a selection of vintage fishing and angling images from The Francis Frith Collection.

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Yarmouth Pier opened in 1876, and was built out of wood, a common material for the less elaborate piers. Ferries used to call, but from the 1930s they moved to a nearby slipway - the ferry to Lymington can be seen in the photograph. Excursions bring visitors to this day, with the pier benefiting from an extensive rebuild in the 1980s and 1990s.

Other Memories from Yarmouth

Aside from teaching with a wonderful staff, brilliant headmaster, and receptive children I remember the ferry, and having fish and chips on the pier. Always a fond memory to go back to that time, as I met the love of my life, my soul mate that year!

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