At this clement time of the year, the holiday season at Bridlington should now be in full swing with thousands of holidaymakers and day-trippers visiting the area every single day. And yet it’s tragically not, in fact the resort is more like a Western ghost town than a popular coastal destination. Having said that, this lockdown is all for a great and noble cause, the defeat of vile Covid-19, after which everything will progressively go back to normal.

Strolling round the seafront areas on my daily allowed exercise, I’m whimsically reminded of the times when you literally couldn’t see the beach for masses of people, and also of the bustling scenes portrayed in vintage Bridlington postcards, a stark contrast to the eerie emptiness today.

The modern image, snapped recently by me, shows an almost deserted area of the north promenade known as Victoria Terraces (opened in 1906 by the Lord Mayor of London), whilst the second picture (from my personal postcard collection) beautifully exhibits a busy holiday scene taken at the precise same location 110 years ago.

The postcard carries an Edward VII half penny stamp and was posted in 1910 to Irchester, a small village in Northamptonshire. The First World War was only four years away but don’t the people pictured look a contented crowd, especially the happy-faced children in their fashionable Edwardian outfits?

Aled Jones,

Southcliffe Road, Bridlington