July 28, 1952: Sheffielders begin their Works Week holiday

Sheffielders at Pond Street, July 28, 1952 to catch their seaside bound coaches for a Bank Holiday break during the Works Week.
Sheffielders at Pond Street, July 28, 1952 to catch their seaside bound coaches for a Bank Holiday break during the Works Week.

If you think Sheffield is quiet at the moment with so many people away on holiday it is nothing compared with 60 (or even less) years ago when it was the Works Week holiday and seemingly the whole city decamped to the seaside.

Traditionally factories and steelworks all shut down for the holidays in the last week in July and the first in August, which allowed for repair and maintenance when furnaces were relined and yearly remedial work took place.

The picture shows people queueing for coaches at Pond Street bus station in 1952, while others would pack entire trains chartered to take Sheffielders to the East coast.

People would arrive in Cleethorpes, Skegness or Bridlington and later bump into their workmates and neighbours walking along the prom.