Bandstand and Pavilion

The hand-painted colour added to this postcard gives the 1930s Pier a jaunty air.

British dance bands of the 1920s and 1930s were orchestras fronted by a band leader. They played popular, good-time tunes influenced by American jazz and big band music. But they also maintained a peculiarly British sense of rhythm and style which came from the music hall tradition. Often comedians of the day or music hall personalities would sing novelty songs backed by well-known British dance band leaders.

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