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barryisland
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Hello from Barry Island

Postby barryisland » Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:53 pm

Hello
As I now write this I can see Barry Island a few miles away (a place of so much fun for me).
I have a lifelong interest in jukeboxes and anything coin operated so this site is a great find for me.
In the 60s and early 70s I remember the huge arcade under the water chute in Porthcawl where I lived, full of all the usual interesting things. Haunted house etc. As a teenager about 1973 I remember one local chap nearly died as he accidentally got shot by the live .22 guns in a part of the arcade, some game that one!
I am a coin op novice with just two machines, clown (posted) and running hare, and a few juke boxes.
My first juke box which I still have is a Bal-Ami super 40 De Luxe. Bought from the old mag Exchange and Mart in 1980.
The excitement of owning a real old jukebox was immeasurable, it still is.
I have enjoyed looking at the posts and no doubt will need some advice.
Thanks
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Re: Hello from Barry Island

Postby barryisland » Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:26 pm

Hi again and apologies
Having read through my post again, I did not live under the Water Chute as previously stated, the water chute was in my local fairground just a mile from home. Porthcawl was a great attraction in the 6os and 70s. We had miners fortnight, a two week holiday when the whole of the valleys came to the town to populate the caravan site which was the biggest in Europe at that time, about 5000 caravans. Gas powered caravan lighting, no running water and a toilet block a hundred yards away, all part of the fun. The fair is still going but the gloss has long gone.
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Re: Hello from Barry Island

Postby highfield » Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:42 pm

Hi Barryisland
Your post brought back great memories. My caravan memories are the same as yours but a different location. Highfield caravan park near Clacton-on-Sea. Going to fetch water when we arrived, going to toilet block and best of all the penny arcade on site. As a twelve year old my best memory is hearing apache on the radio (only entertainment in the caravan) as my dad came through the door with my mum laughing because he had just won ‘the knobbly knees competition‘ what great memories :HaHa:

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Re: Hello from Barry Island

Postby barryisland » Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:15 pm

Ah...so glad you enjoyed it. There's something special about a British seaside holiday - love it or hate it, memories last a lifetime.

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Re: Hello from Barry Island

Postby pennymachines » Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:05 pm

Thanks for joining us Barry from Barry and for giving us your 'origin story'. When I was living in Cardiff I used to visit the more genteel and low-key Penarth, with its already quaint, old-fashioned amusement arcade. I took a couple of trips from the Victorian pier to Ilfracombe on the Waverley paddle steamer and the Balmoral (both currently requiring expensive renovation) and swam in a bay near Barry where raw sewage was discharged... :sick: My lifelong obsession can also be traced to a caravan park with an impressive amusement arcade.

Please show us your Running Hare! !!PHOTO!!

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Re: Hello from Barry Island

Postby barryisland » Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:12 pm

Hello
What a nice reception from members.
I will post the running hare in the discoveries section.
I am in Penarth most days and sometimes fish off the pier, transporting myself back to the 1950's when it was compulsory for all boys to fish off piers.
Penarth pier is a magnet to people. It really could have some attraction at the end, just seats now, but I guess the excitement of walking over water is the attraction. The "steamers" still call in the summer and the pier cafe has a great view over the channel to North Somerset.
Unfortunately the amusement arcade was gone when we moved here.
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