Barry isn’t really an island, it’s a seaside town near Cardiff. In its heyday people used to come from miles around by coach to enjoy the flat expanse of sand and the fresh sea air. Its become a little neglected as late but I believe there’s a new input of finance and work has begun to return Barry Island to its former glory.
I remember walking around the fun fair at Barry Island Pleasure Beach as a child with my parents and sisters. Pennies weren’t exactly free-flowing in those days so we would walk around the whole fair, watching and waiting – a lesson in not asking for this, that, and the rest – and if we didn’t ask for anything on the way around, we were allowed to choose one ride each to go on just before it was time to go home.
I believe the Pleasure Beach was struggling with closure a while back, there used to be a Butlin’s holiday resort at the top of the hill which has long since been replaced by houses, but the Pleasure Beach still remains.
It’s a long time since I made a sand castle, something I must do again soon, the tools of the trade for the bucket and spade brigade are still on sale along the front …
… along with the high energy food supplies to keep you fully fueled all day !
More from before : a quick visit to “Barry Island” in June 2013.