The Book

Pennies by the Sea is the first book to be released on the phenomenon of the seaside amusement arcade, based around the history of what was Britain’s largest – Joyland Amusements in the East Yorkshire seaside resort of Bridlington.

Written by a leading authority on the coastal amusement and tourism industry, this authoritative and comprehensively researched book explores how an enterprising family, the Browns, turned Joyland (now The Forum) from a small amusement arcade in a former seafront shop into a palace of fun that is now widely known across Yorkshire and beyond.

It also explores life in this most extraordinary of worlds, based on interviews with people who worked at Joyland and other arcades in Bridlington from the 1930s to the present day.

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  • Paperback, 201mm x 258mm

  • 128 pages

  • 167 photographs

  • ISBN 0-9544573-5-8

  • £13.99

  • Available 14 October 2006


  • Bridlington’s Wonderland

  • Before Joyland

  • Early Amusement Arcades

  • Amusement Arcades Come to Bridlington

  • The Firth Family: Luna Park

  • Charlotte Yvonne Brown: The Birth of Joyland

  • Expansion and Investment

  • Harry and Sidney Brown: Stability and Success

  • Peter and Robert Brown: Joyland Amusement Park

  • John Noble and Sons: Joyland Shrinks, Joyland Grows

  • The Forum

  • The Rides and Attractions


Published by:
Skelter Publishing LLP
© 2006

For further information contact:
Skelter Publishing
Tel: 01608 646279