For the record:- 1st, Southend: 2nd, Southport: 3rd, Walton-on-the-Naze.
** Song recorded by American baritone Vaughn Munroe in 1956
Acknowledgement : fbb thanks Alan for information and photos of Ryde Pier prices.
P.S. This sign, slightly mangled by Google Street View, dates from the days when St John's Road Station was the terminus of the Island line. It directs those just arrived from the train to the lavish sea front facilities. It is at the top of Monkton Street on the fence of the currently-closed "Railway" pub, opposite the building that was partially buried (above) and about a mile from the sea. It reads "To Sea Front, Pavilion, Canoe Lake and Gardens"
Next blog : due Wednesday April 6th