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A Bert Thomas cartoon from 1905 gives a vivid impression of life at the Slip. Contrasting 'Romance and Reality', Bert is reflecting on the public debate over upgrading the sea front which dominated public thought at the time. There was a great deal of public support for a grand seafront promenade with Brighton style piers and elegant parks and fountains. That is until the cost of the scheme was revealed to alarmed ratepayers!

The reality was very different. Many traders preferred to set up their stalls near the Slip as they were assured of considerable numbers of people in fine weather.

'The Sands of Swansea'  South Wales Daily Post, 19 August 1905.

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