Taking a look back at Weston-super-Mare in the 1990’s

It seems like a lifetime ago.

Weston-super-Mare in the 1990s was a far different place than it is now .

The Tropicana still had a functioning pool and nights were spent enjoying life in the seafront bars and clubs including Stars, Smugglers and Sands.

There was always the odd fight or two on the Beach Lawns on a weekend and Saturdays were spent mooching around in shops, the Dolphin Square Indoor Market and the Sovereign Centre.

In those days a pint of lager used to cost £1.50 – the same as a portion of fish and chips from a seafront takeaway, generally to be enjoyed on the way home from the pub.

Weston pictured in 2018
(Image: Artur Lesniak/Reach)

Boy racers used to fill the seafront and if you wanted a ride home, it was a trip to Alexandra Parade to the taxi ranks.

Big hair was still a thing and you could still listen to the charts countdown on a Sunday on the radio.

If you were a cool kid growing up in the 90’s then you probably had a Sony Discman and a Tamagotchi, wore Doc Martins and had a collection of Beany Babes.

One of the major highlight of summers in Weston-super-Mare was the arrival of the Radio One Roadshow in town.

On one sunny summers day in 1990 the police were forced to close off the roads, after crowds of around 30,000 flocked to the seaside resort to see boy band of the day, Bros.

It was also the year that Radio One’s Smiley Miley took to the skies across Weston to wing walk on the Crunchie Plane – upside down.

“Weston was one of the biggest crowds on a beach in the UK for the roadshow,” said Smiley, who still lives in North Somerset.

“When we had Bros on the roadshow, the town was rammed. The police had to close the roads as we couldn’t allow any more people in.”

People relax on the beach at Weston-super-Mare on July 15, 2018.

Weston has a town has developed massively over the last three decades with major new housing developments on its fringes which has seen its population soar to around 100,000.

The 90s saw great changes in the town itself – including the opening of the Sovereign Centre in 1992 and the opening of the Sealife Centre in 1995.

Some things in the 90s did however disappear, including the pedestrian bridge over the Beach Lawns which was dismantled in 1992.

Knightstone Baths were also closed in 1992 and just two years later, in 94, Birnbeck Pier was declared unsafe and shut down.

The town has always proved a popular stop off with tourists who inject millions into the economy each year.

Here we take a look back at some pictures of Weston-super-Mare from the 1990′.

Weston High Street in 1997

Weston High Street in 1997
(Image: Bristol Live)

Radio One Roadshow in Weston-super-Mare in 1997

Dave Pearce at the Radio One Roadshow in Weston in 1997
(Image: Bristol Live)

Outside the Town Hall at Walliscote Road

Outside the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare
(Image: Bristol Live)

The Tropicana in 1990 – when it still had a pool

The Tropicana in 1990
(Image: Bristol Live)
The Tropicana in 1999
(Image: BristoL Live)

The Tropicana bar

The Tropicana bar in 1998
(Image: Bristol Live)

A soggy Weston seafront in 1997

Weston-super-Mare seafront in 1997
(Image: Bristol Live)

A sad looking Birnbeck Pier in 1997

A sad looking Birnbeck Pier in 1997
(Image: Bristol Live)

Massive crowds on Weston beach for the Radio One Roadshow in 1997

Radio One Roadshow in Weston in 1997
(Image: Bristol Live)

Pilot John White flies over Weston-super-Mare in his Cessna aircraft

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(Image: Bristol Live)

Marine Lake after being battered by storms in 1997

Marine Lake, Weston after being battered by storms in 1997
(Image: Bristol Live)

Knighstone Island in 1997

Knightstone Island in 1997
(Image: Bristol Live)

Birnbeck Pier in a state of disrepair in 1997

Birnbeck Pier in a state of disrepair in 1997
(Image: Bristol Live)

Lionel Blair on Weston Pier in 1997

Lionel Blair on Weston Pier in 1997
(Image: Bristol Live)

Fans at the Radio One Roadshow in 1997

Fans at the Radio One Roadshow in 1997
(Image: Bristol Live)

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