People visit the Seaside for Seaside Revisited

18 May 2016

The sun came out on the weekend for the third in this year’s series of NSA Coast events and made the day their most successful yet.

Neath Ukulele Band were a popular addition to the Seaside Revisited event

Neath Ukulele Band were a popular part of Seaside Revisited event at Aberavon

This weekend’s event was entitled Seaside Revisited and the idea was to harness the heyday of the local beach with old fashioned deck chairs and Punch and Judy Shows and other old-time fun.

Photos of the beach from as far back as 1900’s were on display, as well as ones from Miners Fortnight back in the 1930-50’s, an annual holiday when the mines in local mining towns would close and people would visit the beach in droves.

There were echos of that at the festival on the weekend as the Magnet chatted to several visitors who had come from outside the town for the day.

“We came over from Maesteg when we heard about the Elvis impersonator, I love a bit of Elvis,” said Leanne who had brought her family over the mountain for a day at the seaside.

Punch and Judy show on the seafront

Punch and Judy show on the seafront

There was plenty there to entertain the kids with zorb balls, tag rugby, Captain Beany, half price surfing lessons and a variety of sports to try and of course a nod to nostalgia in the shape of a good old fashioned Punch and Judy show.

My highlight of the day was the Neath Ukulele Band who drew in a great crowd from elsewhere in the field with people singing along and dancing to a selection of fun tunes that everyone seemed to know and enjoy.

The event volunteers seemed to be enjoying the sunshine and many visitors and staff later complained about sunburn.

The Coast team said: “We were really pleased with the turn out, our events seem to get better each time and we are looking forward to more great events in the future.”

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