Departing in a cloud of sand, the hovercraft created great excitement
A few weeks ago Bristol Times ran an article marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' week-long residence in Weston-super-Mare just a few months before they became megastars.
The article also noted that during the summer of 1963 it was possible to travel between Weston and Penarth by hovercraft.
The "world's first cross-channel hovercraft service" was operated by aircraft manufacturer Westlands, who were now manufacturing the Sanders Roe hovercraft, and P & A Campbell, who had been running pleasure steamers around the Bristol Channel for decades.
The experiment ran for six weeks and was set up to iron out any technical problems with the new SR.N2 hovercraft, and to see if there was enough public demand.
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Bristol Times reader John Freeman very kindly sent us some fabulous colour photos he took in Weston in 1963. He was holidaying with his young family in a caravan at Berrow, and they had travelled to spend the day at Weston.
"I do remember the excitement the hovercraft caused and especially the noise and sand that it threw up when it departed for Penarth," he says.