By Echo correspondent Aled Jones
People love collecting old postcards because they really do bring the past vividly to life. This evocative one, from the turn of the last century, shows Bridlington’s Esplanade as it used to look when it was largely a private residential street with imposing classical frontages. As you can see, it also shows Royal Prince’s Parade in the days before the Floral Pavillion was built (1904), this was when the chief centre of attraction was a bandstand surrounded by well-kept gardens. The postcard is date stamped August the 9th, 1903
Note the gated entrance to the Parade where locals and holidaymakers would buy a daily or even season ticket that gave them access to the beautiful gardens, which, doubtless unknown to many readers, were once highly renowned throughout England.
In the top centre-right of the 1900s picture, where the Treasure Island ghost walk and adventure golf is now situated, was the former site of Field’s Oriental Café: an upmarket place for afternoon tea similar to Bettys tea rooms today and which must have always been busy.
All of the houses in the picture, had they survived intact into the modern age, would now be grade 1 or grade 2 listed historical buildings, the majority are now ice cream parlours and amusement arcades.
The modern photographic comparison shows the same view as it appears today, but whatever your opinion on all the major changes, there’s no disputing how stunningly beautiful the harbour still looks from this fabulously elevated vantage point.
By Echo correspondent Aled Jones. Copyright 2020.