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From the archive: the Great British seaside

Having nearly finished digitising all my most important pictures – and quite a few unimportant ones – I thought it is time to start sharing. Some of the images I’ll be featuring in the ‘From the archive’ series of blog posts will be old friends (to me). But many will be surprises (also to me) – photographs that I’d forgotten or somehow overlooked and have recently rediscovered.

And so it is with this selection. I have absolutely no recollection of taking these pictures – where I was, or when.

One thing I can be sure of is that the pictures were shot on the same day – probably all within an hour or so of each other.

There are clues that suggest the late 1980s, and which point to Norfolk as the location. Is that Great Yarmouth in the background?

If so, these photographs were shot on a Nikon FE-2 and maybe an F3HP. The film stock was Kodak T-Max 400.

These pictures pretty much sum up how I think of the British seaside resort. And how tempted I am to put the word ‘last’ before ‘resort’.

Imagine you are a child and have just been told you’re going to Wobbly World. Is this what your imagination conjures?

And yes, this is out of season.

You don’t go to Norfolk in the winter to worship the sun.

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