Sailing, Sand and Sunshine

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This photograph is believed to have been taken in the late 1930’s. At this time during the summer, Benfleet Yacht Club members were in the habit of taking their boats and meeing out on one of the sandbars in the Thames that appeared at low tide.  Rather than fight for space on the beach, families could have all the fun of sunshine and sea on their own sandbar.  Games would be played and when the tide turned the boats would head for home.

I am told that Mrs Elvidge lived in Church Creek next to the ferry, can anyone confirm this as that does not seem quite right?

Family and friends enjoying a summer day on The Ray, as the sandbars in the Thames were known locally, late 1930's. Photograph of Mrs Elvidge left Mrs Dorothy Wines right, children from left to right Russell Elvidge, Charles and Gilbert Wines
Gilbert Wines

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