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[Note 059.1] "cheap excursion train" - In her description of an August bank holiday trip to New Brighton from Bolton in 1890 (the year after this song was published), Alice Foley recollected that "Excursion rates were extremely modest 2/9d for adults, half price for children and free for infants. Before I grew too tall for evasion it was customary to wedge my small person between father and mother whilst the rest of the family shoved us quickly through the barriers. Once safely in the compartment I had to be prepared for a sudden duck under the seat should a ticket inspector appear but, apart from this small indignity, it was usually a day of complete happiness." [Ref: Quoted by Pamela Horn in Pleasure and Pastimes in Victorian Britain pp124-125]

 

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