Sheffielders on happy holidays, camping 1930s style

Aunty Dolly, top left, with all dad's cousins in Skegness, 1937. GW Betts said: "Large bell tents slept 10 with all sleeping with feet pointing to the middle.  I was always told to use straw for tent base.  How things have changed."
Aunty Dolly, top left, with all dad's cousins in Skegness, 1937. GW Betts said: "Large bell tents slept 10 with all sleeping with feet pointing to the middle. I was always told to use straw for tent base. How things have changed."

Retro reader GW Betts from Robertson Road, Walkley has sent in these great pictures of family holidays in the 1930s and 40s.

He wrote: “Family photographs of holidays from 1937-1940

GW Betts' dad on top of a car, fruit picking, around 1939

GW Betts' dad on top of a car, fruit picking, around 1939

“Mum, Milly, passed away recently at the age of 100 years and 3 months.  

“This prompted me to go through our collection of old photographs of my parents and family, dating back to between 1935-1940, my date of birth.

“Mum worked at Shentall's Groceries in Darnall from being 14 years old, putting in a 12-hour working day, serving behind the counter and delivering groceries.  

“Dad, Bill, worked at Birkles Radio Shop on Staniforth Road, selling, repairing and delivering radios.

GW Betts' family photographs of holidays from 1937-1940: Dad with mum on shoulders, Nan and Aunty Dolly (dad's sister), Mablethorpe 1938

GW Betts' family photographs of holidays from 1937-1940: Dad with mum on shoulders, Nan and Aunty Dolly (dad's sister), Mablethorpe 1938

“Mum met dad whilst delivering groceries from Shentall's, which surprisingly they did in those days.

“Mum and dad got married on December 26, 1939.

“During these times holidays were few and far between, but they always managed to get away.

The photographs are of these times.”

Dad and grandad washing in cold water, Skegness 1937

Dad and grandad washing in cold water, Skegness 1937

These are great photographs which will probably spark happy memories for other people, too.

We’re always interested in sharing your pictures and memories at Retro.

It's easier if you can supply them by email but if not get in touch anyway with Julia Armstrong at Retro, Sheffield Star, The Balance, Pinfold Street, Sheffield S1 2GU. 

Email julia.armstrong@jpimedia.co.uk

GW Betts' grandad, his dad's sister aunt Dolly and dad enjoying a roadside picnic around 1937

GW Betts' grandad, his dad's sister aunt Dolly and dad enjoying a roadside picnic around 1937

Grandad with ball, mum and dad, in Mablethorpe 1938

Grandad with ball, mum and dad, in Mablethorpe 1938

Aunty Dolly and Nan taken on James Street, Darnall. The background metal railings were removed sometime after this photo to use for the war effort - 1939/1940?

Aunty Dolly and Nan taken on James Street, Darnall. The background metal railings were removed sometime after this photo to use for the war effort - 1939/1940?

Camping on a farmer's field - no caravans in those days

Camping on a farmer's field - no caravans in those days

Dad's cousins, Skegness 1937

Dad's cousins, Skegness 1937

Mum and dad in Mablethorpe, 1938

Mum and dad in Mablethorpe, 1938