The sea may be quite a long way out, but at least you could park up for a walk along the prom
There’s plenty of sand at Southport, but if you want a glimpse of the sea you might go home disappointed because usually the tide is a long way out.
As our colourful view proves the Promenade and King’s Gardens provides an attractive place for a stroll or to sit down and admire the view.
There was plenty of roadside parking available at the time. The driver of a green Wolseley 1500 appears to have asked his passenger get out to check out a gap for one reason or the other.
This is just one of the many cars from the 1950s and 1960s gracing this image, with Fords galore, including examples of Cortina, Escort and Zephyr, with a newish Capri doubtless trying to make itself heard over the flat-four rasp of the VW Beetle heading the other way.
The Promenade was obviously popular with learner drivers, with an Escort seen wearing ‘L’ plates while a driving school Austin or Morris 1100/1300 is parked up on the left.
Morris Minor 1000 saloons are also out in force, with a pale blue Traveller also parked up on the coast side of the road. The Hillman Minx on the right wouldn’t be encouraged to park so close to the junction today, while the Triumph Vitesse two cars back is parked at an unusual angle. There’s a distinctive rear view of a Hillman Imp, likewise some BMC Farina A55/A60 family saloons are seen basking in the summer sunshine – shame about the salty air!