I love this photo, which was given to me by my uncle. One the reverse is written “Brittains at Jaywick”. Everyone looks happy and relaxed. The picture may have been taken by a “walking photographer” on the promenade but it could also have been snapped by another family member.
On the left is my grandfather, Ernest James Brittain. My grandmother, Rosalind, is in the centre, wearing a floral patterned dress and holding her coat over her arm. Between my grandmother and the man pushing the pram are 2 boys, the taller of whom is my uncle Jim (born in 1926). Although I’m not 100% sure as I don’t have another photo of him at this age, I think the boy in front of him is my dad, Roy (born in 1929) , and the smaller boy on the left is probably my uncle Ray who was born in 1932.
The photo probably dates from the very late 1930s , judging by the apparent ages of the boys. Particularly interesting is the pram or pushchair, and there’s also a similar one on the far left by the wall. The man on the right has a suitcase with him, suggesting that they may be staying for a night or two, rather than having just arrived for a day out from London.
I don’t know the identities of the man with the pram, or the woman next to my grandmother. If anyone seeing this has any ideas about who they might be, please get in touch.
My family must have liked this area of Essex, as my Brittain great grandparents owned a bungalow at Canvey Island, and my parents honeymooned at St Osyth in 1954. Jaywick was, of course, a traditional destination for Londoners, having been designed as an upmarket holiday village in the 1920’s. People would drive from London on a Friday evening, enjoying golf, tennis, swimming, putting and possibly dancing and then drive back refreshed and ready for a week’s work. For more information, some fascinating old photographs and lots of information about Jaywick’s history, visit http://jaywicklocalhistorysociety.co.uk