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Cleethorpes in the 20s and 30s

Celebrate the 87th anniversary of Cleethorpes Charter Day by joining us for a free exhibition about life in the holiday resort in the interwar years, a period that witnessed both economic hardship and great technological and social progress.

The topics covered will include education, local shops and businesses, and the new landmarks that were built during the period, including the Electricity Showrooms, Darley’s Hotel and the Ritz Cinema.

The exhibition will also feature some of the new institutions that opened in Cleethorpes during the Twenties and Thirties, including the new public lending library and Croft Baker Maternity Home.

Visitors will also be able to examine photographs of the First World War presentation tank, which was a prominent feature of Thrunscoe Recreation Ground between 1920 and 1928.

The display will also include photographs of the New Cliff Steps, which opened in 1938, and items connected with the aviator Bernard Martin, who ran a pleasure flight business from the beach at Cleethorpes in the 1920s.

This exhibition is being staged to mark the 87th anniversary of Cleethorpes Charter Day, and we hope it will give visitors an insight into life in the town in the Twenties and Thirties. The period in question saw a relaxation of social conventions, great technological progress, and the appearance of a new style of architecture, Art Deco, which would leave its distinctive mark on Cleethorpes and many other British seaside resorts.

Adrian Wilkinson, Archivist, Lincs Inspire

The exhibition is free to attend and takes place at Cleethorpes Town Hall on Saturday 23rd September 10am to 4pm

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