Tuesday, 5 July 2011

British Beaches in the Movies: Worthing

“Betty Grable!!” The austere post-war world was brought to life by newcomer Emily Lloyd in Wish You Were Here (1987). In a 1950s seaside town, which was actually Worthing Promenade in West Sussex, flighty teenager Lynda cycles along the promenade flashing a smile – and more besides – to the passing boys. In her dreams she’s Betty Grable, in reality she sells chips from a van on the seafront. Fantasies are soon all but forgotten, however, as Lynda has a heavy price to pay when she gets involved with one of her father’s friends (the brilliant Tom Bell). The film was loosely based on the memoirs of Cynthia Payne.

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