IMPRESSION OF PAIGNTON PIER ATTRACTIONS
I visit many seaside places and I am particularly interested in holidaymakers’ amusements, and when walking along the Paignton Pier, which, by the way, is quite a long walk and all covered in, I was astounded to see the various classes of amusements which have been newly erected this season for Paignton’s huge crowds of holiday-makers. The cost of erecting such amusements must have run into several thousands of pounds, and great credit is due to the proprietors for their enterprise in providing Paignton with such a splendid amusement centre. Holiday-makers decidedly do enjoy themselves in these centres, and many get dull and bad-tempered if they should happen to pick a seaside resort where there are no such attractions. I remember a few years ago reading an article in a Blackpool paper of the impression of England’s Specialists, who had been holding a Congress in that town. One of them said in an after-dinner speech that the amusements provided at various seaside resorts were the finest tonic for holiday-makers, as, due to the thrill and excitement they provide, it causes a dormant gland to operate in the human body which is of great benefit to the system, and these scientists should know. I also notice that at the end of the Paignton Pier they have erected a new electric car track. I have seen several of these about the country, but I have not seen one of such a size as this new track, which I understand has been built this season. The cars are driven by electric motors instead of a petrol engine, and are therefore dead silent, and should not annoy the most fastidious person. The new speed-boats which are running from the end of the Pier are quite an added attraction, and one was entered for the Yachting World Trophy in the 100-mile race – the International Torquay Regatta last week, and managed to win the race by a good margin. I was certainly very pleased to have this information, as it does go to prove that the amusements on the Paignton Pier are the highest standard available. On walking through the Zoo, I saw an attractive collection of animals from all parts, the lions being really good and clean specimens, and I was quite amused with the antics of the three baby lion cubs which have been added. I was amazed at the cleanliness of all the animals and cages, and interested in the automatic ventilation of the Zoo itself, whereby no smell of any description can be detected. I then took a run in the Scenic Railway, which is a very elaborate construction and goes the whole length of the Pier, 1,400 ft. between the steel piles, and then turns into a large ghost -train, which is fitted with all kinds of weird skeletons and peculiar noises, which are undoubtedly a thrill. I notice the cars run very smoothly, are quite fast, and provide an amusing ride. The six laughing clowns at the entrance of the Pier are very attractive, and seem to be surrounded by children the whole of the day. I can only say that of all the seaside resorts and amusement centres visited, I have not come across so good a selection of amusements or so well conducted as those of the Paignton Pier, and no holiday-maker should leave Devon’s sunny spot without paying visit, as space does not permit me to describe half the numerous attractions which have been added this season.
(Signed) PROF. N. JOY.