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When I was down beside the sea

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Fred Wilde's third book celebrates the annual trips to the seaside which were the joy and delight of his childhood in the 'twenties and 'thirties. Here is a perfect period piece, recording the thrills of fishing for crabs and mackerel, digging for lugg, pursuing shrimps and blennies, feeding the raucous seagulls, making sand castles, riding donkeys above the shore, ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published June 18th 1984 by Collins
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Jul 01, 2016 Gerry rated it liked it
Fred Wilde's 'When I was down beside the sea', complete with excellent paintings by the author, captures holiday life at the seaside in the 1920s and 1930s and is an entertaining slice of social history.

The book begins with the main beach activity for young children, digging in the sand and making sand castles and what makes the piece better is that it has a verse by Robert Louis Stevenson (from 'A Child's Garden of Verses') to accompany it. 'When I was down beside the sea,/A wooden spade they
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Fred Wilde was born in Hyde, near Manchester, ‘a long time ago’, as he puts it. He was brought up in the shadow of the cotton mills and it was an environment in which there were few luxuries. Wireless was a novelty, a visit to ‘the pictures’ was an event, none of the neighbours owned a car and some had never seen the sea.

As a young man Fred briefly attended Hyde Art School, and later did some life
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