"It was like Bank Holiday all over again"

Passengers at Brighton Station
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Brighton was a popular destination for day trippers when the novel was written, thanks to a fashionable reputation, progressive re-development and variety of attractions. 15 million people were holidaying by the coast towards the end of the 1930s, and in 1939 the Palace Pier peaked in popularity, attacting 2 million visitors.