Brian and Brenda with friends in the Palm Court, 1950s

In the 1950s Hastings Pier was still very much the place to be. When young people dressed up and went out on weekends, the Palm Court and Ballroom were the places to see and be seen, where you could dance and always be sure of running into your friends.

In the 1950s, Hastings Council promoted the town as a seaside resort, making a promotional film in bright Technicolor and producing colourful leaflets, all aimed at convincing potential holidaymakers that the town offered a glamorous alternative to what were still straitened post-war circumstances.

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