Why we all like to be beside the seaside in Porthcawl, Barry and Penarth

Barry Island’s main beach, and the marinas at Penarth and Porthcawl have joined dozens of sites across Wales that can now fly the flag for quality after they were presented with a Blue Flag Award.

The South Wales beaches and marinas, that include Porthcawl’s Rest Bay and Trecco Bay, are among 47 sites across Wales allowed to fly the flags, which recognise the level of cleanliness and water quality.

Related : These are the cleanest beaches in Wales with more than 40 now awarded Blue Flag status

The flags are great news for the areas that have been loved by holidaymakers and day trippers for far longer that the Blue Flag awards have been in existence – as these fun, throwback pictures reveal.

And with the second bank holiday of the month coming up (May 28) chances are they’ll be just as busy this weekend as they’ve always been, flag or no flag.

Al that’s missing is a knotted hankie

Retired miner John James, aged 63, of Cwmbran, enjoying his traditional seaside holiday at Trecco Bay, Porthcawl, in 1980

Retired miner John James, aged 63, of Cwmbran, enjoying his traditional seaside holiday at Trecco Bay, Porthcawl, in 1980

Bathers? Check. Sunnies? Check

Louise Hobbs and Katie Jones grab some rays on the beach at Penarth in 2004

Louise Hobbs and Katie Jones grab some rays on the beach at Penarth in 2004

Any room for a little one?

The holiday crowds which took Barry Island beach by storm in June 1960

The holiday crowds which took Barry Island beach by storm in June 1960

I’ll just wait here for a bit….

Sarah Davies and Jem Evans enjoy the sun at Rest Bay in 2002

Sarah Davies and Jem Evans enjoy the sun at Rest Bay in 2002

Because it shouldn’t all be about work

Rhondda miners on holiday in Barry Island in 1951

Rhondda miners on holiday in Barry Island in 1951

Got my bucket, now where’s the beach?

Yuki Yagyu, aged 17 months, at Penarth Marina in 2009

Yuki Yagyu, aged 17 months, at Penarth Marina in 2009

The umbrella is a Welsh summer essential

Families shelter from the rain under blankets and umbrellas on the beach at Barry in 1960

Families shelter from the rain under blankets and umbrellas on the beach at Barry in 1960

Has the rain stopped yet?

A small girl shelters from the rain at Barry Island in 1960

A small girl shelters from the rain at Barry Island in 1960

I spy with my little eye

A lifeguard looks out across the beach at Rest Bay in 2007

A lifeguard looks out across the beach at Rest Bay in 2007

A blustery Barry

Rhondda miners on holiday in Barry Island in 1951

Rhondda miners on holiday in Barry Island in 1951

Rhys keeps on rolling

Professional kite surfer Rhys Lloyd, at Rest Bay , Porthcawl, in 2007

Professional kite surfer Rhys Lloyd at Rest Bay in 2007

Strolling along the prom

Penarth Beach and seafront in around 1900

Penarth Beach and seafront in around 1900

Hats off to the sun

A young girl trying on a hat at 'The Mad Hatter' stall in Barry Island in 1951

A young girl trying on a hat at ‘The Mad Hatter’ stall in Barry Island in 1951

Because dogs love the seaside, too

Sarah Johansen out walking with her two dogs at Penarth Marina in 2009

Sarah Johansen out walking with her two dogs at Penarth Marina in 2009

Soaking up the sun

A crowded Lavernock Beach in 1955

A busy beach at Lavernock in 1955

Now, where did I park the car?

A crowded bank holiday car park at Barry Island in 1988

A crowded bank holiday car park at Barry Island in 1988

Vintage pictures from Wales


Record-breaking Joneses


Transformation of Cardiff Bay


Cardiff and the Six Nations


Bye bye Cardiff Bay Ice Arena


Remembering Cardiff’s Tiger Bay


Cardiff clubs in the 1970s and 1980s


The changing face of Queen Street


The capital’s trams, trolleys and buses

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/like-beside-seaside-porthcawl-barry-11361787