Western Morning News Tuesday 8th September 1931
TEIGNMOUTH AND DAWLISH IMPROVEMENTS AT THE PIER AND DEN
BY OUR SPECIAL COMMISSIONER
Teignmouth Pier, which a few years ago was a dreary structure is now one of the most popular resorts in the whole district. The latest acquisition there is a sunbathing stage at the extreme end. Sunshine has been so scarce this year, however, that it has not been put to the use it would have been even in normal summer. Holidaymakers who went on Teignmouth Pier in previous summers could be counted in tens, but to-day in the course of a week the total must run into thousands. All kinds of amusements, competitive games, and other attractions provide material for spending many an idle hour, and there is also an excellent dance hall.
DEN SMARTENED UP. This improvement has coincided with a general smartening up of the Den and the Promenade. Teignmouth has lost its regatta owing to the Urban Council exerting its authority in refusing permission for fair paraphernalia to be erected on the Den. Although in that respect their action was considered by some an unhappy one, the appearance of the Den now makes atonement. Its condition grows better yearly. The season has been a poor one for caterers of outdoor amusements, both Teignmouth and Dawlish. Motor boat, bathing tent, and tennis court owners and others have a reasonable complaint that the weather is not playing fair by them. But on the other hand, indoor attractions must have reaped to a certain extent a proportionate benefit, as the number of visitors during August has not shown a falling-off when compared with earlier years.
Pyjama costume fashions have ” taken on ” at Teignmouth. With the promise of a little fine weather there would soon be on the Promenade numerous multi-coloured pyjama suits. Although their suitability is subject to some little controversy in the town, there is no gainsaying that they tend to brighten and indicate the care-free holiday spirit, which is more and more looked for in holiday resorts.