Palm Court Concert Programme

The various old Pier programmes show how seaside entertainment changed throughout the decades and centuries. In the 1952 Hastings Pier offered music, dancing, theatre, and a punch & judy show.
Image reproduced with permission of Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
Image reproduced with permission of Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

In the austerity years of the 1950s the British seaside was a popular holiday destination. 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 Hastings offered a glamorous alternative to  straitened post-war circumstances.

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