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In pictures: British seaside history
Age of leisure

Better transport and a steady increase in Britons' free time meant there was no let-up in the pace of the resorts' expansion.

Holiday camps, offering cheap rooms and entertainment on one site, were increasingly in demand. Among them was the first Butlins - opened in Skegness in 1936.

Between the wars resorts gained fine art deco buildings – including Bexhill's De La Warr Pavillion and Morecambe's Midland Hotel.

Lidos – including this one at Weston-Super-Mare – offered an alternative to swimming in the sea.

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