Holidaymakers on the beach at Newquay, Cornwall, 1923.
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Newquay was a popular holiday resort at this time and in the summer was often crowded with tourists. By the 1920s more people were beginning to take holidays rather than just take a day trip, because they were able to get paid leave from work. In the 1920s most people visited Newquay for its beaches, but today the town is very popular with surfers. This photograph was one of a series taken to advertise holidays in Cornwall, at locations served by the Great Western Railway's lines. The town was also a popular destination for its workers, who took their annual holidays there.