The humble deckchair.
Their stripy, hammock style seat and the concentration needed to put one up, is as much a part of the seaside experience as fish and chips and buckets and spades.
Yet they were removed from the seafront in Blackpool several years ago.
At the time, the new, sleek promenade with its integrated Spanish-style steps were the preferred option for seating – meaning the iconic deckchairs were surplus to requirement.
But now they are set to make a come back. They will soon be seen blowing in the breeze before being snapped up for a nap in the sunshine, just like old times, as our photos show.
Holidaymakers relaxing in deckchairs on North Pier in 1955
Deckchairs and matching stripes of windbreakers in 1998. Pic: PA
Blackpool’s Central Beach with deckchairs and wind breakers pictured in the late 1970s
No words needed for this classic holidaymaker snap. It was taken by former Gazette photographer Bill Johnson back in 2002
Relaxing in a deckchair back in 2005
Bradley Walsh wrestles with a deckchair before the opening night of his show on Blackpool’s North Pier, 2005
Every deckchair was taken in this classic picture of Blackpool promenade on a Whit Monday in the 1960s
Soaking up the sun in 2003
The weather hindered the rental of deckchairs on this particular day
Here’s a sight tourism bosses would like to see again – hundreds of thousands of visitors taking in the sun on the sands. Was there a deckchair left for hire?
Deck chair attendants Daniel Edwards and Jenny Dalzel in 1998
James and Kathleen Noon who took part in a Gazette survery about proposals to scrap the deck chairs in 2004